The George Atkins Communications Award was established in 1991 by Farm Radio International 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 Dr. George S. Atkins, the Founding Director of Farm Radio International.
On the 25th anniversary of the award, we are pleased to recognize three broadcasters who work tirelessly to produce radio programs that serve farmers.
2016 George Atkins Communications Award Winners:
A broadcaster with Mega FM in Uganda, Sarah loves working with farmers because it reminds her of where she came from. Sarah’s parents were small-scale farmers and the proceeds from their farm paid for her higher education. She feels a personal responsibility to provide small-scale farmers with the information they need when they need it. Sarah also believes that farmers must be able to speak and be heard in order to improve their lives and the lives of their families. Sarah has been involved in three Farm Radio impact projects, including the My Children radio drama that encourages families to grow and eat vitamin-A-rich orange-fleshed sweet potato.
A journalist at Radio Nostalgie in Cameroon, Carole is committed to bringing farmers hope in the face of big challenges. This hope comes in the form of reliable information, whether it’s about how to grow tomatoes or how to use new online platforms to sell agricultural products. Highlights of her four years as a radio host include producing a show about raising chickens that received many requests for rebroadcast, as well as one focused on preventing malaria. Carole has participated in several of Farm Radio’s online training courses as well as a face-to-face consultation about Barza, our online community for radio broadcasters.
Gideon has been a host and producer of ADARS FM’s morning and agricultural radio shows in Ghana for the past nine years. He often goes beyond his role as a broadcaster to advocate for rural communities. When he learned that one of his listening communities lost access to water after three wells were destroyed, he called on government officials to take action. His on-air advocacy continued until the wells in the community of Chiranda were reconstructed. Gideon earned top honours for his work in Farm Radio’s e-courses and regularly contributes to our online broadcaster discussion platforms. He recently became a Farm Radio broadcaster trainer, helping his peers at other stations better serve farmers.
Congratulations also go to this year’s runners-up:
Soumaïla Gado of Radio Dar Es Salam in Niger
Privat Tiburce Martin Massanga of Radio MUCODEC in Congo
Winnie Onyimbo of Trans World Radio Kenya