Container gardening project in Malawi started in 2007 by Patrick Harry a student who studied in Mechelen, Belgium. He was trained in the initiative by Prof. Willem Cotthem of Belgium.

It is good to educate young people in Container gardening skills, so that they are part and parcel in development of a country.

In Africa where the founder come from and live, half of the children go to bed hungry every night. Poverty level is really high with many people surviving on one dollar per day. Further desertification is a major problem, due to high level of deforestation.

This is why Container gardening initiative was created as a project for young people, since the target is to make sure that the future generation is free from hunger, poverty and desertification.

However despite several challenges the project has been facing like financial problems and seeds, the project is still going on and is helping to educate children in Container gardening as one way of making sure that the future generation is free from hunger, malnutrition, poverty and desertification.


PROJECT SITE :  Piyasani village, T/A Njewa in Lilongwe.

PROJECT GOAL : To help uplift livelihood of people who are hardly stricken by poverty through cheap kind of gardening.

PROJECT VISION : To construction educations centre to teach the treasure of the initiative to children in Malawi and other parts of Africa and the world.



-To combat hunger and malnutrition

-To combat poverty

-To combat desertification

-To offer free Container gardening education to children



-Container gardening education

-Public awareness, information and communication

-video shows on environmental films to children

-Organize debates or talks

-Encourage formation of Container gardening children clubs

-Local and international volunteer program introduction

-Partnership establishment with government, Ngo`s and individuals

-Container gardening articles publication in electronic and print media

-Books publications on Container gardening project

-Seed  collection and useless containers collection

-Establishment of village woodlots plus vineyards

-Project fundraising activities



In 2011, with all the young members of our project, we will concentrate on combating hunger and malnutrition with container gardening, growing a lot of vegetables and seedlings of fruit trees, which will be donated to the poorest kids in the village and the surrounding area to alleviate the malnutrition of children.

Secondly, we developed plans to construct an “Education Centre” in Lilongwe, which will act as headquarter of the Youth Container Gardening Project. Therefore, we are hoping that you will help us in sourcing some funds, especially for the construction of this Education Centre, possibly a centre of attraction throughout Malawi, South and Central Africa.

There the project is inviting all friends of Container gardening project in Malawi plus all interested parties to donate every little contribution to the project.



-Hunger and malnutrition to be minimized

-Poverty to be minimized

-Desertification to be minimized

-The future generation to be equipped with Container gardening knowledge and skills



The major challenge to the project is financial problems to enable the project to achieve its goal of educating a lot of kids in various villages and also to enable it to achieve its goal of construction of an education centre for Container gardening.

Another challenge is shortage of vegetable and tree seeds, especially tree seeds.

Therefore any kind of support will highly appreciated whether seeds donation or financial support.


For Further information please contact:


Patrick Harry

C/O Martha Harry

Theatre for Change

P.O.BOX 30222

Lilongwe 3




Piyasani  Village

T/A  Njewa





BY Patrick Harry.

(Project coordinator and founder).








Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.