Farm Radio Awards
Farm Radio International celebrates excellence within its radio network with two awards. The George Atkins Communications Award celebrates an outstanding broadcaster in our network who is committed to family farmers and rural communities. The Liz Hughes Award for Her Farm Radio celebrates a program team that addresses gender equality and has had an impact on the community.
Winners will be announced at a special celebration on World Radio Day 2024.
The George Atkins Communications Award recognizes individual radio broadcasters for their outstanding commitment and contribution to food security and poverty reduction in low-income countries. It is named after George Atkins, the Founding Director of Farm Radio International.
It is presented each year to broadcasters who demonstrate overall excellence in responding to small-scale farmers' needs, as well as a strong partnership with Farm Radio International.
The broadcasters who win the George Atkins Communications Award receive a certificate and a prize of $500 CA.
Sakina Majawa, Chanco Community Radio, Malawi
Evelyn Balozi, Utume FM, Tanzania
Hortense Lamboni, Radio Rurale Communautaire des Savanes, Togo
To be eligible for the award:
- You must work at a radio station that has been a Farm Radio International broadcasting partner for a minimum of one year.
- You must have at least three years of experience as a radio broadcaster. This includes time spent volunteering as a broadcaster.
Past winners of the George Atkins Communication Award are not eligible to apply for 5 years after receiving the award. If you're not sure of your station’s eligibility, please contact email@example.com.
To apply for the award, complete and email an application form to one of the addresses below, along with a photo of yourself working as a broadcaster, and a recording of an episode of your program.
Côte d’Ivoire: firstname.lastname@example.org
Burkina Faso: email@example.com
If you do not live in one of these countries, please send your application form to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications will be accepted in English, French, Amharic, Hausa, Swahili, and Portuguese The deadline to apply is October 20, 2023.
The Liz Hughes Award for Her Farm Radio recognizes excellent radio programs that serve women listeners. Winning radio programs explore and advance gender equality—for example, by sharing women’s experiences and opinions, addressing topics that are important to women, or underlining the role of men in gender equality.
The award is given to the station team who make this program happen, including the manager(s), producer(s), host(s), presenter(s), reporter(s), technician(s), and others.
Winning programs can deal with any subject! In other words, the program does not need to focus exclusively on gender equality issues. For example, you can apply with a program about health, education, agriculture, or a combination of topics. What’s important is that your program, no matter the topic, serves women!
In recognition of their excellent work, the winning broadcast team will receive a certificate and a $1,000 CAD prize.
Any Farm Radio International broadcasting partner in sub-Saharan Africa can apply for the Liz Hughes Award! To apply, broadcasters or station managers must submit ALL of the following items via email to email@example.com on behalf of their program team:
- The application form below, completed with detailed answers.
- A recording of your program. (Please submit an episode aired in 2022.)
- A full transcription of the recorded episode in either English, French, Portuguese, Amharic, or Swahili. The transcript (a written version of your episode, including every word spoken by the host(s) and each guest) ensures that the award judges can understand the content and quality of your work.
- A typical program lineup / runsheet in Word or PDF format.
Applications will be accepted in English, French, Amharic, Hausa, Swahili, and Portuguese. The deadline to apply is October 20, 2023.
The 2023 winner is Radio Évangile Albarka (Gender equality and social balance) in central Togo
The first runner up is Keneya blon (Health corridor) from Radio Baoulé in Mali
The second runner up is Duond Mikayi (The voice of the matriarch) from Radio Mikayi in Kenya
Meet the past winners:
2019: Voice of Kigezi’s B’Omugaiga program
2020: Uganda Community Green Radio's Nyinabwenge program
2021: Radio Communautaire Salama’s Ujeuri Dhidi Ya Wanawake program
2022 : Radio Média (Leadership for women) Bouaké program
She Show from Ahomka FM, Ghana (Runner-up prize)
Agriculture et Developpement Show from Radio Rurale Locale de Banikoara, Benin (Runner-up prize)
Jinsia na Maendeleo from Radio Maria, Tanzania (Runner-up prize)