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Developing sustainable food value chains - Practical guidance for systems-based analysis and design

SFVC methodological brief








FAO and UNIDO. 2024. Developing sustainable food value chains – Practical guidance for systems-based analysis and design. SFVC Methodological Brief. Rome, FAO and Vienna, UNIDO.



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