doi: 10.5191/jiaee.1994.01105
China has an ancient tradition of agricultural research and extension dating back as far as the first century A.D. Today, the Chinese Extension system is the largest in the world with nearly two-thirds of the extension employees worldwide. Providing initial and in- service education for a vast workforce spread over a large country is difficult. The Extension methods used in a centrally controlled government vary greatly from western countries. In spite of many challenges in communicating new agricultural developments to 200 million farm households, extension plays a critical role in providing food, fiber and fuel for the world's largest populated country.
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