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Investing in farmers: Agriculture human capital investment strategies










Davis, K., Gammelgaard, J., Preissing, J., Gilbert, R. and Ngwenya, H. 2021. Investing in farmers: Agriculture human capital investment strategies. FAO, Rome. 2021. Rome, FAO and IFPRI. 




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