In 2015, we were proud to receive a WSIS Project Prize from the World Summit of the Information Society. This award recognizes our innovative use of radio and other information & communication technologies to support small-scale farmers.
These innovations include radio strategies — such as participatory radio campaigns and radio marketplace programs — as well as mobile technologies, used to increase the interactivity, feedback and reach of our projects. Learn more.
In 2013, we were honoured with an Innovation and Effectiveness Award from the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) for our unique and proven approach to helping small-scale farmers in Africa: Participatory Radio Campaigns (PRCs).
PRCs help farmers learn about, evaluate, and introduce new agricultural practices. They feature the voices, stories, and perspectives of ordinary farmers through a mix of radio formats, including panel discussions, vox pops, village debates, phone-in shows, mini-dramas, and music. Learn more.
In 2012, our regional field manager in Mali — Modibo Coulibaly — submitted an idea to the Rockefeller Foundation’s Innovation Challenges Competition. The idea, called FarmQuest, was to run a reality radio show following youth competing to be named Mali’s best new farmer.
With more than 2,000 ideas submitted to the competition, we were thrilled when FarmQuest was selected as a winning project. Next, we were given the chance to compete for a $100,000 grant to implement the radio show. We were successful and, with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, FarmQuest launched later that year. Learn more.
In 2010, the Agricultural, Learning, and Impacts Network (ALINe) ran a Farmer Voice Awards competition to identify and celebrate cutting-edge practices in farmer voice and feedback systems. We were one of nine Farmer Voice Award recipients, recognized for our work on Participatory Radio Campaigns (PRCs) in Africa (case study).