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Evaluation of the project “Developing capacity for strengthening food security and nutrition in selected countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia

Project code: GCP/GLO/674/RUS











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FAO. 2021. Evaluation of the project “Developing capacity for strengthening food security and nutrition in selected countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia”. Project Evaluation Series, 05/2021. Rome.



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