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8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Goals for the Day
Ann Bartuska, USDA; Pamela Aall, USIP

8:45 a.m.

Conflict in Rural Settings
Conflict affects agricultural communities in multiple ways. Disagreement between communities on rights to land and water access can act as flashpoints to initiate conflict. Likewise, in the aftermath of conflict, returnees whether refugees or demobilized soldiers can create conflict by stressing a community’s economic and social resources. What can be natural additions to an extension officer’s activities to manage these destabilizing phenomena?

Speakers: Jon Unruh, McGill University
Caroline Hartzell, Gettysburg College
Michael Jacobs, PEACE
Moderator: Pamela Aall, USIP

10:30 a.m.


10:45 a.m.

Extension in Fragile Societies
Extension agents working in rural communities are typically representatives of government with the responsibility to provide information and guidance to improve agricultural productivity. What are the effects of conflict on agents’ capacity to deliver such services and what examples exist of extension agents using delivery of such services as a means to manage conflict effectively?

Speakers: Mark Bell, UC Davis
Jim Conley, Civilian Response Corps
David Nisbet, Agricultural Research Service
Moderator: Ann Bartuska, USDA

12:30 p.m.


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