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Promoting the digitalization of small and medium-sized agrifood enterprises in Asia and the Pacific









Gálvez Nogales, E. & Casari, G. 2023. Promoting the digitalization of small and medium-sized agrifood enterprises in Asia and the Pacific. Bangkok, FAO.



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