The George Atkins Communications Award

| December 7, 2020

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The George Atkins Communications Award was established in 1991 to recognize rural radio broadcasters for their outstanding commitment and contribution to food security and poverty reduction in low-income countries. The award is named after George S. Atkins, the founding director of Farm Radio International. The award is presented each year to an individual who demonstrates overall programming excellence in responding to small-scale farmers’ needs as well as commitment to Farm Radio International. 

To be eligible for the award, an individual must work at an organization that has been a broadcasting partner of Farm Radio International for a minimum of one year. If you’re not sure of your station’s eligibility, please contact

To apply for the George Atkins Communications Award, send the completed application form, as well as a photo (preferably of you at work in the studio or conducting an interview), and a recording of your program to one of the following email addresses. 

Burkina Faso: 

If you live in a country other than the ones listed above, please send your application form to: 

The deadline to apply has been extended to Dec. 30, 2020. Applications will be accepted in English, French, Amharic, Swahili, and Hausa.

Download the application form in English, French, Swahili, or Amharic

Meet the 2019 winners:
Ide Carine Tchounga, Radio Medumba, Cameroon
Seydou Camara, Radio Wassoulou, Mali
Matilda Amoah, Todays FM, Ghana.