Farm Radio International celebrates excellence within its radio network with two awards. The George Atkins Communications Award celebrates an outstanding broadcaster in our network who is committed to family farmers and rural communities. The Liz Hughes Award for Her Farm Radio celebrates a program team that addresses gender equality and has had an impact on the community.

Winners will be announced at a special celebration on World Radio Day 2024.

The Liz Hughes Award for Her Farm Radio recognizes excellent radio programs that serve women listeners. Winning radio programs explore and advance gender equality—for example, by sharing women’s experiences and opinions, addressing topics that are important to women, or underlining the role of men in gender equality.

The award is given to the station team who make this program happen, including the manager(s), producer(s), host(s), presenter(s), reporter(s), technician(s), and others.

Winning programs can deal with any subject! In other words, the program does not need to focus exclusively on gender equality issues. For example, you can apply with a program about health, education, agriculture, or a combination of topics. What’s important is that your program, no matter the topic, serves women!

In recognition of their excellent work, the winning broadcast team will receive a certificate and a $1,000 CAD prize.

Any Farm Radio International broadcasting partner in sub-Saharan Africa can apply for the Liz Hughes Award! To apply, broadcasters or station managers must submit ALL of the following items via email to [email protected] on behalf of their program team:

  1. The application form below, completed with detailed answers.
  2. A recording of your program. (Please submit an episode aired in 2022.)
  3. A full transcription of the recorded episode in either English, French, Portuguese, Amharic, or Swahili. The transcript (a written version of your episode, including every word spoken by the host(s) and each guest) ensures that the award judges can understand the content and quality of your work.
  4. A typical program lineup / runsheet in Word or PDF format.

Applications will be accepted in English, French, Amharic, Hausa, Swahili, and Portuguese. The deadline to apply is October 20, 2023.

The 2023 winner is Radio Évangile Albarka (Gender equality and social balance) in central Togo

The first runner up is Keneya blon (Health corridor) from Radio Baoulé in Mali

The second runner up is Duond Mikayi (The voice of the matriarch) from Radio Mikayi in Kenya

Meet the past winners:

2019: Voice of Kigezi’s B’Omugaiga program
2020: Uganda Community Green Radio’s Nyinabwenge program
2021: Radio Communautaire Salama’s Ujeuri Dhidi Ya Wanawake program
2022 : Radio Média (Leadership for women) Bouaké program 

She Show from Ahomka FM, Ghana (Runner-up prize)
Agriculture et Developpement Show from Radio Rurale Locale de Banikoara, Benin (Runner-up prize)
Jinsia na Maendeleo from Radio Maria, Tanzania (Runner-up prize)