Extension systems are constantly changing, adapting to new environments. Over the lastdecade or so, globalization and its effects in terms of free market competition,productivity and efficiency has created new paradigms for the operation of both publicand private sector extension. Extension systems worldwide are reacting to these effects.Developed countries have resorted to privatization to face the new challenges, whiledeveloping countries are looking towards commercialization and decentralization. TheBanana Industry of the Windward Islands with its quasi private sector extension system isseeking new ways of meeting the challenges of globalization. Commercialization of theBanana Extension Systems in the Windward Islands is being proposed as the wayforward. In that proposal, it is being recommended that the issues of method of delivery,method of financing, management and coordination should be addressed.

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