Nelly Bassily | June 8, 2009
Thirty years ago, Farm Radio International founder George Atkins had a flash of inspiration while travelling on a bus in Zambia. His inspiration ripened into motivation to create an organization that would use radio to give small-scale farmers the information they really need. As Farm Radio International (originally called the Developing Countries Farm Radio Network) celebrates 30 years of working with farmers and broadcasters, President Doug Ward was interviewed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
Mr. Ward tells the story of Mr. Atkins – a farmer from Ontario, Canada who became a farm broadcaster with CBC Radio, and went on to write Farm Radio International’s first scripts. Mr. Ward also reflects on how Farm Radio International has evolved into an organization with over 300 African broadcast partners that strives not only to inform African farmers but also to ensure that farmers’ voices are heard.
To listen to the interview, click here.