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.


MDF newsletter by Young Experts!

A number of the Young Experts, employed by MDF, have released another edition of the "What's Yeppening" newsletter of MDF!

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

Romy Appelman - YEP Agrofood at AgriProFocus in Mali

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

Laurie van Reemst

Where is she now? Researcher Wageningen University, Uganda

Young Expert at Alterra - Uganda

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 7

YEP Role

Junior Researcher Integrated Soil Fertility Management and Climate Smart Agriculture


As a Young Expert I worked for Alterra. Alterra works in Uganda and Burundi to contribute to food- and financial security by innovative and integrated agricultural practices adjusted to climate change. With an increasing population density in these countries and decreasing crop yields due to soils getting depleted of nutrients and organic matter, climate smart agriculture should become an integral part of the future plans of the individual farmer and agricultural development at higher levels.


My role at Alterra was therefore diverse:

  • Coordinator of Projects where Alterra is involved in, in Uganda and Burundi, and increase the interaction between different projects and stakeholders in the field of soil fertility and climate smart agriculture
  • Research on integrated soil fertility management. Case studies are done for the Fertile Grounds Initiative that show the importance of an integrated approach to soil fertility
  • Initiation of new (research) projects focused on climate smart agriculture and improving soil quality
  • M&E for the PAPAB project, based in Burundi, a project that works on integrated farm planning and farmer empowerment
  • East African trainer for the M&E instrument MonQI (Monitoring for Quality Improvement)

Click here for more information about my project.



People describe me as enthusiastic and very curious. Furthermore I am an analytical thinker, can work independently, and have well developed interpersonal and cultural skills.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: Master Plant Sciences (Wageningen University), Bachelor Beta-Gamma/Bio-chemistry (University of Amsterdam)


Experience before YEP

During my Masters I finished two theses:

  • A minor thesis working with smallholder farmers in oil palm in Jambi, Sumatra
  • A master thesis within the N2Africa project, focused on the evaluation of the adaptation of climbing bean techniques by smallholder farmers in Kapchorwa, Uganda

In between my studies in worked as a project coordinator of an educational institute in Sri Lanka.

YEP Agrofood


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