Farm Radio International would not exist without the efforts of one exceptional Canadian farm broadcaster: our founder, the late George Atkins. Each year, we pay tribute to him and to outstanding African rural radio broadcasters through an award named in George’s honour.
“Farmers in the broadcast range of the George Atkins Communications Award winners and runners-up are blessed to have such strong champions working tirelessly to produce radio programs that respond to their needs,” says Blythe McKay, Director of Broadcaster Resources for Farm Radio International. “Their programs provide opportunities for farmers to share their views and experiences, and to learn about important agricultural topics, benefiting farmers and their communities.”
On the 25th anniversary of the George Atkins Communications Award, we are pleased to recognize three broadcasters who work tirelessly to produce radio programs that serve farmers. Congratulations to Carole Leuwe of Cameroon, Gideon Sarkodie of Ghana, and Sarah Adongo of Uganda, our 2016 winners. They will each receive a cash prize equivalent to 500 Canadian dollars in recognition of the work they do to serve farming communities through radio.
Congratulations also go to this year’s runners-up:
- Privat Tiburce Martin Massanga of Radio MUCODEC in Congo-Brazzaville,
- Soumaïla Gado of Radio Dar Es Salam in Niger, and
- Winnie Onyimbo of Trans World Radio in Kenya.
Thank you all for your commitment to your listeners and for the resulting positive change that you are making possible in rural communities across Africa.