YEP

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.

NEWS

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
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts


Bram de Vries - YEP Agrofood at VDS A’campo in Zambia
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Click here for an overview of all YEP projects at Akvo RSR

News

Oct 10, 2016

Blog: The solar revolution and the importance of reinvention by Martina Groenemeijer


- This blog is written by Martina Groenemeijer

 

The use of solar power in developing countries, like Kenya, is a hot topic. With this, the list of solar products offered is ever expanding. Now it’s not only solar lamps, chargers and street lights that are available, but also solar for agriculture! As a Young Expert for Futurepump/PRACTICA I am at the heart of this development. We are introducing a new product, a solar water pump for small scale farmers, in Kenya. As the Customer Data Analyst, I am mostly involved in the collection of user data to improve our product, further develop the company and report to donors, like the US Government. During my educational career, I have gained experience in collecting impact data to understand if predicted improvements in an invention actually occurs. In my work with Futurepump, I am able to take this to another level. As a start-up company there are plenty of opportunities to try different methods and find out what works best for us and our customers. 

 

Rose Akinyi using her pump in Opapo, photo credit GVEP

 

What really excites me is the speed at which the feedback that comes from the field is translated into alterations in the pump design; for example, parts to retro-fit, change in the next batch of pumps or adopted into ideas for future versions. The cage around the pump is a good example. We received feedback that the pump was not always stable and could be knocked over by people or livestock. The cage was added around the pump to give it more stability and it made the pump even easier to carry as well.

 

We take challenges and turn them into solutions. As a result, we have a robust product that ensures small scale farmers can irrigate their crops; from tomatoes to kales, and from beans to bananas. However, the job is never complete, working closely with our customers and learning directly from their experiences and practices, we get new ideas for evolving the product.

We have even found new markets for our solar pump that we had not imagined. For example, filling fish ponds, feeding livestock or providing Eco-resorts with water. In this fast paced world, a world of constant reinvention, I have learnt to always keep an open mind. It is only by actively taking on board the feedback from our customers that we stay at the forefront of this technology.

 

I am happy to be a part of the network of Young Expert Programmes (YEP), where I can share my passion for sustainable energy with my fellow Young Experts around the world!

 

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