This paper examines the case of the Cuban Agricultural Knowledge andInformation System (AKIS) and its contributions to food security in that country.Specifically, the role of extension within Cuba's AKIS is described.Cuba was selected purposefully as an important case to examine because 1) Cubahas pioneered a unique people -centered development model to deal with obstacles ofeconomic scarcity, 2) the Cuban approach to extension has undergone a rapid andradical change to adjust to an external shock, 3) in terms of development indicators,Cuba compares very fav orably with other Latin American and Caribbean countries, and4) the Cuban case may have important implications for sustainable agriculture and foodsecurity in other countries.The AKIS developed by Cuba is one in which farmers, extension services,educational centers, and research institutes interact together in a logical and coordinatedmanner. Such a model might appropriately be called a centrally coordinated agriculturalknowledge and information system.

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