Implementing plant clinics in the maelstrom of policy reform in Uganda

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Implementing plant clinics in the maelstrom of policy reform in Uganda. / Danielsen, Solveig; Matsiko, F.B.; Kjær, A.M.

In: Food Security, Vol. 6, No. 6, 12.2014, p. 807–818.

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Danielsen, S, Matsiko, FB & Kjær, AM 2014, 'Implementing plant clinics in the maelstrom of policy reform in Uganda', Food Security, vol. 6, no. 6, pp. 807–818. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12571-014-0388-7

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Danielsen, S., Matsiko, F. B., & Kjær, A. M. (2014). Implementing plant clinics in the maelstrom of policy reform in Uganda. Food Security, 6(6), 807–818. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12571-014-0388-7

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Danielsen S, Matsiko FB, Kjær AM. Implementing plant clinics in the maelstrom of policy reform in Uganda. Food Security. 2014 Dec;6(6):807–818. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12571-014-0388-7

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Danielsen, Solveig ; Matsiko, F.B. ; Kjær, A.M. / Implementing plant clinics in the maelstrom of policy reform in Uganda. In: Food Security. 2014 ; Vol. 6, No. 6. pp. 807–818.

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