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Monitoring, evaluation and learning in farmer field school programmes

A framework and toolkit










van den Berg, H., Phillips, S. & Morales-Abubakar, A.L.C. 2023. Monitoring, evaluation and learning in farmer field school programmes  A framework and toolkit. Rome. 




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