Mr. Fikadu Belachew is a young smallholder dairy farmer in Wakene kebele, Debre Libanos District, Oromia region, in Ethiopia. His farm sits on one hectare of land on the main road from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar. Mr. Belachew has five zero–grazed cross-bred dairy cows, producing an average of about 70 liters of milk a day, along with three heifers and two growing males.
In 1995, at the Fourth Conference on Women convened in Beijing, 50,000 men and women from around the world met to create a plan of action for women’s empowerment. As a little girl I watched the grainy footage of the conference from my parents’ living room floor, eating an after-school snack and thinking that it looked like an epic party.