study area is to demonstrate a viable technical solution in a successful field trial.
Ann Bartuska, Deputy Under Secretary at the US Department of Agriculture and a co-chair of the Roundtable, explained during her introductory remarks that agricultural extension was chosen as the subject of the first meeting because of its focus on community-level change, which is a particular point of emphasis for the Roundtable.
The workshop and this summary are intended to (1) help policymakers think through the issues associated with the use of extension systems to stabilize rural societies after periods of war and (2) help managers of extension projects in postconflict environments design activities that promote peace.
Pamela Aall, Senior Vice President at USIP, Provost of USIP’s Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, and co-chair of the Roundtable, laid out the organization of the workshop. In the morning, two panel discussions featured speakers who explored the intersection of extension services and peacebuilding. The first panel looked at conflict in rural settings (Chapter 2), and the second examined the role of extension services in fragile societies (Chapter 3).
In the afternoon, the workshop participants divided into three groups to discuss specific aspects of extension services and peacebuilding. One group investigated changes in the skills of extension officers that could enable them to serve more effectively as peacebuilders (Chapter 4). The second looked at the corresponding changes required in the organization of extension services (Chapter 5). The third considered the technological infrastructure needed for extension officers to integrate peacebuilding into their activities (Chapter 6). The final session of the workshop featured reports from these groups and a summary of the workshop deliberations (Chapter 7).
Goal of the Workshop
The formal goal of the workshop was “to identify what peacebuilding activities could be delivered as components of existing extension services and what organizational modifications and new capabilities would be required to