The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water, YEP Agrofood, YEP Energy and YEP Tailor-made, 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 and renewable energy 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), the Food & Business Knowledge Platform and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.


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New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 21st batch starts on 21 September

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 22):

11 October 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 28 October
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
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Klaas de Vries

Where is he now? Business case developer at SNV Rwanda

Young Expert at AgriProFocus - Kenya

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 7

YEP Role

As a young expert I worked as an advisor for SNV Kenya on implementation of HortIMPACT, which is also known as the Kenya Market-led Horticulture Programme. HortIMPACT contributes to increased food and nutrition security, increased incomes and a dynamic and sustainable horticulture sector in Kenya. Three themes, crucial for further development of the horticulture sector are central: 1) inclusion of small and medium sized, entrepreneurial farmers in supply chains; 2) improving food safety and integrated crop protection and 3) reducing food losses and efficiency in supply chains. HortIMPACT mostly focuses on fruits and vegetables.


The approach taken by HortIMPACT entails cooperation with Dutch and Kenyan agricultural entrepreneurs, both small and medium sized commercial farmers, input providers, exporters and traders in so called business cases. Business cases will benefit from advanced but appropriate technologies and products, improved agricultural practices and market linkages. As a YEPer my main task was to contribute to the identification and development of such business cases.

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Over the past few years I have been involved in projects that are aimed at improving food and nutrition security and private sector development in various countries in Africa and South East Asia. While developing and implementing such projects, I have always been motivated to contribute to finding sustainable solutions to complex development challenges while working in multicultural contexts. In doing so, I have always enjoyed working with a variety of stakeholders such as companies, governments, donors, NGOs and knowledge institutes. Connecting the dots that are the strengths and interests of those different types of stakeholders to identify innovative solutions to stimulate food and nutrition security is what I see as my main quality.



Nationality: Dutch

  • Advanced Master International Development, Radboud Universiteit, the Netherlands
  • MA International Relations and International Organisation, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands
  • BA International Relations and International Organisation, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands

Experience before YEP

  • Before joining SNV and the YEP programme I worked for four years at the Centre for Development Innovation at Wageningen UR. In those four years I worked as a project manager and knowledge broker in projects related to agriculture-nutrition linkages, inclusive value chain development and food security policy support to Dutch ministries and embassies
  • I have also completed internships in Uganda (As policy advisor in the Food Security and private sector development department of the Dutch Embassy in Kampala) and in Indonesia (As researcher in the local economic development department of Bapeda Kota Singkawang)
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Monday, October 16, 2017
Farmer group Kibwezi obtains certification for export of dried tomatoes
A group of 30 farmers in Kibwezi (Makueni County) has obtained Global GAP certification for the export of tomatoes. The certificate was presented to the farmers during a visit of Sanne Willems, First more

The Kibwezi farmer group receives their Global GAP certificate

Monday, September 11, 2017
First batch of business case 7 trainings completed
Business case 7 (BC7) focuses on capacity building of small entrepreneurial farmers to increase production and improve food safety of vegetables. The use of, amongst others, hybrid seeds, pest and more

Farmer field day demonstration in Gilgil

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
HortIMPACT kicks-off Business Case 7
Late March, the trainings that are part of the seventh business case of HortIMPACT started. This business case will see 24 locations across Kenya where net-houses are constructed to promote the more

Tomato seedling transplanting in Solai