Gulzar Samji: Farm Radio International

The seed for Farm Radio International was planted nearly 40 years ago in rural Zambia when a man named George Atkins had a simple, but really good idea.



It all got started on a bumpy bus ride in Zambia back in 1975. It was then that a Canadian broadcaster named George Atkins got a simple but powerful idea that would go on to improve the lives of millions of the world’s most vulnerable farmers.


People are often surprised to learn that radio is a powerful tool in international development. In rural Africa, where we work, people depend on it as their primary source of information. That’s why we’ve used radio to help farmers help themselves for nearly 40 years. And now we combine it with newer technologies like mobile phones to make it more powerful than ever before.

Learn more about FARM Radio International at the Source

Gulzar-S-headshot-circle-cropGulzar Samji, Member -at-Large is one of the Board of directors for Farm Radio International. Gulzar is an independent consultant on international development, the empowerment of women and children, alleviating ultra-poverty, and the environment. She has worked with all levels of government and provided training to visiting government and non-government delegations including those from Indonesia, China, and India. She was appointed as an NGO representative on Canada’s delegation to the UN Preparatory Meetings for the 4th World Conference on Women. She has also served as a member of the Human Rights Tribunal for the Government of Canada. Gulzar is currently the vice president of the Women’s World Summit Foundation, an international organization whose focus is empowering rural women and preventing violence against women and children. She has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Makerere University in Uganda and a post-graduate diploma in Animal Physiology and Biochemistry from the Food and Agricultural Organization of United Nations Faculty at Royal Agricultural and Veterinary University in Denmark.


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