The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water & YEP Agrofood, is to offer young Dutch and local professionals the opportunity to take their first steps in an international environment. They are employed through Dutch organisations in a number of eligible countries. The programmes aim to rejuvenate the Water & Agrofood sectors and ensure the continued availability of expertise for these sectors.

The YEP Programmes are carried out jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.


YEP Effect 4 has been released!

During the YEP kick off of batch 15,  another new edition of YEP Effect has been officially launched: the fourth edition is now available!

YEP alumnus Jacques on TV!

Jacques Tuyishime, alumnus of YEP Programmes, is now Managing Director at Holland GreenTech in Rwanda. He has developed several skills during his time in YEP,  especially during the Personal Development Training!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 16th batch starts on 4 February 2019
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
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Our Young Experts

Marjolijn Hekelaar - YEP Agrofood at Cocoanect in Ghana

Click here for an overview of all YEP projects at Akvo RSR


Feb 23, 2016

Klaas at SNV Kenya presents business cases

Every month one of the Agrofood Young Experts shares a story. This month it is up to Klaas de Vries (31), who takes part in the YEP Agrofood programme. He is based in Nairobi where he works as an advisor in SNV’s HortIMPACT programme.


SNV Kenya business cases support horticulture sector development and Dutch companies

In Kenya, there are many opportunities to stimulate horticulture sector development with the support of Dutch know-how. HortIMPACT, a program funded by the Dutch Embassy and led by SNV, plays into opportunities in the horticulture sector by co-investing in business cases to develop a dynamic and sustainable horticulture sector in Kenya and to identify opportunities for Dutch businesses.


HortIMPACT recently launched a business case together with Kenya Highland Seeds, the local agent of Rijk Zwaan. At the heart of the business case are 12 training sites at farms in high potential horticulture counties across Kenya. At these sites innovative vegetable production technologies are introduced to farmers, including greenhouse technology, drip irrigation and hybrid seeds.
Other companies that specialise in specific production techniques also take part in the business case, e.g. soil testing, fertilizer and storage solutions. Other business cases supported by HortIMPACT that for example focus on integrated pest management, market linkages and potato processing are about to start. As the program is still in its early stages, new business case opportunities can be explored with interested companies. To this end, we are organising a trade mission for Dutch companies to Kenya in September.
If you are interested in this trade mission or see an opportunity for a business case, please approach Klaas de Vries. For more information on HortIMPACT visit our AKVO-RSR webpage or follow us on Twitter: @HortIMPACT.
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