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Tears of Joy

January 18, 2010

Written in Honour of the Great Farm Radio Broadcaster George Atkins, Who Passed Away on 30 November 2009 By Gladson Makowa (Farm Radio Partner Broadcaster in Malawi) To the board, management and staff, donors, African farm radio broadcasters and all those who know Farm Radio founder George Atkins: TEARS AND JOY It is sad for…

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“Serving agriculture, the basic industry. This is George Atkins.”

December 3, 2009

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of founder George Atkins, in his 93rd year, on November 30, 2009. George Atkins listened to farmers. And his best advice to broadcasters was just that: listen to the farmers. George learned from farmers. In fact, we don’t think George ever met a farmer from…

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Dr. George Atkins reflects back on 30 years of Farm Radio International

November 3, 2009

Today we are sharing something really special.  We decided to create a video for our 30th Anniversary this year.  Who better to explain Farm Radio International’s origin than the founder:  George Atkins?  In this video Dr. Atkins tells us the story of how he founded Farm Radio International (formerly Developing Countries Farm Radio Network) in…

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Celebrating 30 Years at the Outdoor Farm Show

October 26, 2009

I had the pleasure of setting up tent at the 2009 Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock Ontario in September.  The Outdoor Farm Show was started by former Farm Radio International board member, the late Ginty Jocius. His wife Lorie, who runs the event now, helped us secure a spot at the Show.  Over 40,000 attended…

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Fall Network News

October 26, 2009

Our newest edition of “Network News” is now available for download and printing on our website.  It is published three times a year and highlights the latest accomplishments of Farm Radio International.  This issue touches on: -Our latest script package: Importance of Livestock Health -Launch of Radio Scriptwriting Competition on Farmer Innovation -Partner Profile: George…

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Annual Report 2008-2009

October 10, 2009

In the 2008-2009 fiscal year, the Board of Directors worked hard to hold and refine the vision and values, set the policies, steward the resources, and monitor the results of Farm Radio International. This year the Board: • monitored implementation of our new risk management policies • approved recommendations of our scripts program review, and…

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A trip back to 1979 – Farm Radio Audio Tape #1

August 13, 2009

Let’s take a trip way back to 1979 when Farm Radio International (then called Developing Countries Farm Radio Network) began. Based on the idea that smallholder farmers throughout Africa could benefit greatly by receiving timely and accurate information about farming over the radio, George Atkins (founder and former director of DCFRN) set out to provide…

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Happy 30th! From Farm Radio Partner, TRALSO

August 6, 2009

The Board, management, staff and the rural communities serviced by the Transkei Land Service Organisation (TRALSO) salute Farm Radio International (formerly Developing Countries Radio Network (DCFRN)) on your 30th anniversary. As you celebrate your 30th anniversary, we share your commitment and passion to improving the lives of the poor resourced rural communities around the world…

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2009 George Atkins Communications Award Winner Announced

July 24, 2009

Farm Radio International is pleased to announce that the 2009 George Atkins Communications Award winner is Gladson Makowa, a producer for the Story Workshop in Malawi.   This past year Story Workshop has produced some great videos for Farm Radio International that explain how our work empowers farmers.  See it below and check out the…

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Spring 2009 Network News

July 16, 2009

Our newest edition of “Network News” is now available for download and printing on our website.  It is published three times a year and highlights the latest accomplishments of Farm Radio International.  This issue touches on: -Our 30th Anniversary -Our work with Trans World Radio in Kenya -Gender Equality and Radio workshop that we ran in Ghana…

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