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Guidelines for sustainable agricultural investments for Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya and Niger

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Cortez Tellez, A. 2022. Guidelines for sustainable agricultural investments for Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya and Niger  AgrInvest-Food Systems Project. Rome, FAO. 




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