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.


Research by Dutch students on YEP projects: join now!

Students of the University of Utrecht are available to conduct research at YEP partner organisations. Contact us if you are interested in hosting a team of students!

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!

Bram and Su trainers on farmer entrepreneurship

Our soon-to-be Young Experts Bram Peters and Su Myat (both batch 15) already trained local partner on farmer entrepreneurship.

Seeding for a win-win - Leul Habte ABDI, SNV Ethiopia

SNV Ethiopia is currently implementing a three-year project called Gender and Youth Empowerment in Horticulture Markets (GYEM). The project is being implemented since 2016 in two regions of the country, Oromia & South, in partnership with farmer cooperative unions and local administrations.


Leul Habte Abdi is working at SNV Ethiopia and shares his experiences as a Young Expert.

Feasibility Study YEP Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

At this moment, a fesibility study is being carried out to investigate the added value of a YEP Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (YEP SRHR).

Evaluation YEP Programmes

Currently, YEP Programmes is being evaluated by Ecorys. We would appreciate your full cooperation, in order to continue YEP Programmes, hopefully with an extension to other sectors!

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (16th batch):

15 October 2018

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 5 November

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

(Fiqy) Muhamad Taufiq Hidayat - YEP Water at MDF Training & Consultancy B.V. in Indonesia

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


Sep 10, 2018

YEP alumnus Jacques on TV!

In 2015, Jacques Tuyishime started his YEP career als a Young Expert in the role of Agronomist at VDS A'campo in Rwanda. After concluding his 2 year YEP contract, he became the General Manager at Holland GreenTech, the local counterpart of VDS A'campo, in Rwanda. He has developed several skills during his YEP trainings, which he is now applying in his current role.


During the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF 2018), Jacques was interviewed on television! AGRF 2018 is a platform for global and African leaders to develop actionable plans that will move African agriculture forward. 

During this forum, a session focused on youth in Agriculture: why are young people not motivated to do farming, even the ones who studied agriculture at school? 



Jacques was interviewed by the Rwanda National Television to give testimonials to young people who want to do agribusiness and he also explained what Holland Greentech is offering for youth, by giving them an internship of 6 months to get hands-on skills. In addition, Jacques took the opportunity to show Rwandans the products and services of Holland GreenTech!
On September 26th next, Jacques will attend the Global Youth Economic Opportunity Summit 2018 in Washington DC, again talking about Youth in Agribusiness and of course Holland Greentech products and Services. 
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