Life in Castro's Cuba

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Tobacco farmers mend a fence near the Cuban town of Manicaragua. Food rationing is a way of life for most of their compatriots, but rural dwellers such as these farmers often enjoy the benefits of their own gardens.

Even so, National Geographic photographer David Alan Harvey observed that much of the island's agricultural potential remains untapped.

"There is a lot of land where nobody is really doing anything, and you wonder why this country is not supplying the Caribbean with food," he said.

"It's a big island with a 12-month growing season. It's a case that shows the negative side of their economic setup—there's little incentive for anybody to go out and plant corn or raise chickens."

"One thing that really does need to be made clear is that there isn't abject poverty in Cuba," Harvey said. "You're not going to find people sleeping in the streets or kids that look malnourished. But they don't have a lot of material possessions, and there is a lot of inconvenience—standing in line is what you do in Cuba for everything."

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