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.


Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.

Announcement: new deadlines for submitting YEP proposals!

New deadline for submitting YEP proposals: 30 June!!

YEP Effect 5: result of YEP Phase I

The fifth edition of YEP Effect has been released! In this magazine, we reflect on 16 batches of Young Experts in YEP Phase I, and the new Tailor-made programme. Download here!

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 17 and 18):

30 June 2018

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 18 July

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Suzanne van Huijgevoort - YEP Agrofood at ICCO Cooperation in Cambodia

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


Feb 17, 2017

YEP mentor's event at Larive

On Thursday 16 February 2017, YEP mentors gathered at Larive’s head office in Zeist to share experiences and insights.
Recently, Larive joined YEP Programmes by employing Young Experts from it’s head office in the Netherlands and Larive Group members in Kenya and Myanmar. Among them is Menno Morenc, active in Kenya improving the fish value chain:
“YEP offers me the opportunity to gain invaluable working experience in the fast developing Kenyan food and agro sector, contributing greatly to my personal and professional development and boosting my career.  The programme offered me networking opportunities through its vast global YEP network. Lastly, YEP challenged me to develop a real-life business case for the agro- food sector which I am currently developing with my Kenyan counterpart.” 
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