Celebrating the Farm Radio Award winners

| March 19, 2023

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Each World Radio Day, we celebrate the excellent radio broadcasters in our radio network by announcing the winners of the Farm Radio Awards. 

The George Atkins Communication Award recognizes individual radio broadcasters for their outstanding commitment and contribution to food security and poverty reduction. 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 award is named after George Atkins, the Founding Director of Farm Radio International.

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 the experiences and opinions of women, addressing topics of importance to women or underlining the role of men in gender equality. The award is given to the team of people who make this program happen.

This year, we honoured our winners and runners-up in an online, bilingual event on Feb. 14, 2023, following World Radio Day. This event was hosted by Lloyd Robertson, a long-time Canadian broadcaster. Watch the recording to hear live interviews with winners Sakina Majawa and Koudjoukalo Hilim. 

Sakina is a broadcaster with Chanco Community Radio in Malawi, and one of three winners of the George Atkins Communication Award. Elisabeth is from Radio Évangile Albarka, in Togo, and her program Égalité des genres et équilibre social (Gender equality and social balance) was recognized as the winner of the Liz Hughes Award for Her Farm Radio. 

Hear from Sakina: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3dZHlqbF70

Hear from the team at Radio Évangile Albarka: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dt4rnoyExfo 

Hear from Evelyn Balozi, of Utume FM in Tanzania, another winner of the George Atkins Communication Award: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCDj8faE_5E 

Hear from Hortense Lamboni, of Radio Rurale Communautaire des Savanes, in Togo, another winner of the George Atkins Communication Award: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5sLb1FvPGg 

You can also hear from the two runners-up for the Liz Hughes Award for Her Farm Radio: 

The producers of Keneya blon (Couloir de la santé), at Radio Baoulé, Mali: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vz0dfFFASk0 

The producers of Duond mikayi (The voice of the matriarch), at Radio Mikayi, in Kenya: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABdp8ujPBj4 

The application period for the 2024 awards will open in September 2023. Stay tuned!