Sowing the Seed for small farmers

A growing problem

In the world's poorest places, people rely on being able to grow their own food to survive - and it's women who do most of the agricultural work. Now, the changing climate is putting whole communities at risk. Rains are becoming erratic. Floods and droughts more frequent. Crops are dying. Making it increasingly hard for people to provide for their families. But communities are fighting back.

In rural Bangladesh, villagers have begun planting crops on floating gardens so they're safe from floods. In Tanzania, families are switching to drought-tolerant seeds. But to adapt, poor communities need money. World leaders must provide it.

Rich country governments have pledged $100Bn per year to a 'Climate Fund' -- a vital pot of cash that could help poor communities avoid the worst effects of global warming. We must keep the pressure on to make sure that the money needed to fill the fund is delivered and that it's set-up in a way that ensures cash gets through to those who need it most.You have the power to plant the idea. You can sow the seed.



What can you do?

1. Grow your Seed

Download our Sow the Seed action kit ( and grow some cress or sprouts (or use your favourite plant) onto the head of your environment minister.

If you can't grow a seed, or you live in a country not listed below you can take part by adding Sow the Seed to your Facebook or Twitter profile picture with our Twibbon.

2. Show your Seed

Take a photo of your growing seed (or your favourite plant) and share it to your Flickr, Facebook , YouTube and Twitter profiles, with this link to our site and this tag #sowtheseed.

3. Send your Seed

The most important step. Add your photos to the Sow the Seed Flashcrop photo petition by putting them in the Facebook Photo Album and Flickr group and send us a quick tweet or Facebook message to tell us. If you can't grow a seed, add your Facebook or Twitter profile picture with our Twibbon . It's easy!

What will we do with your Sow the Seed photos and messages?

We'll use you photos and messages during meetings with governments, with media and at campaign events to make sure our world leaders hear your demands for them to tackle climate change, secure food supplies and reduce poverty.