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
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Yasmin Córdova - YEP Agrofood at Progreso in Peru

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

Seriba Konare

Where is he now? Technical Officer at Wetlands International Mali

Young Expert at Wetlands International - Mali

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 3

YEP Role

Junior Technical Officer.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Project management
  • Proposal Writing
  • Evaluation and monitoring


Nationality: Malian
Education: PhD in Forest Ecology in Ehime University, Japan


Experience before YEP

Professional experience

  • April 2011- Present: Teaching Assistant at Ehime University, Matsuyama, Japan
  • July 2012- September 2013: Leader of research project on forest and religion at Ehime University, Matsuyama, Japan
  • August-December 2007: Internship in AFRICARE
  • May-December 2005: Internship in ICRISAT Bamako, Mali
Articles published in referred journals:
  • Seriba KONARE, Ikuo NINOMYA, Osamu KOBAYASHI, Tetsuya SHIMAMURA, Taro TARASHITA, Rural community perception of fuelwood usage by families living in Wassorola. Mali: Interview with women as main fuelwood collectors, Journal of Agricultural and Crop. Research vol.1 (5), pp. 76-83,November 2013
  • Seriba KONARE, Ikuo NINOMYA, Osamu KOBAYASHI, Tetsuya SHIMAMURA, TaroTERASHITA. Effect of fuelwood extraction on forest structure in Farako, Mali, Proceedings of international conference: “Sustainable Development Conference" 2013, ISBN 978- 86- 8703- 17- 6 Bangkok, Thailand
  • Sériba KONARE, Survey of usages of tree products by villagers of Farako, Mali. ISRN Forestry journal, under review

Unpublished articles:

  • Seriba KONARE, Fuelwood system in Mali - community perception and impact on forest structure. PhD thesis, 2013
  • Seriba KONARE, Role of religion in forest protection, research project report, 2013
  • Seriba KONARE, Forest education toward wise use of fuelwood in Wassorola, Mali. Master Thesis, 2011
  • Seriba KONARE, Economical and food security impacts of irrigation project in village of Bagadadji, 2008, Africare
  • Seriba KONARE, Analysis of tree shadow in satellite images of Quickbird, bachelor thesis, 2005
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