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.


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Introduction video YEP

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

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!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Bram de Vries - YEP Agrofood at VDS A’campo in Zambia

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

Jacques Tuyishime

Where is he now? Managing Director at Holland GreenTech Rwanda

Young Expert at VDS A’campo - Rwanda

YEP period 2015 - 2017, batch 7

YEP Role



Please click here for more information about my project.


January 2008 - October 2011; National University of Rwanda (NUR), Faculty of Agriculture/Crop Production and Horticulture Awarded BSc
September 2014 – September 2015; Agrostudies/ Ruppin Campus, Horticulture
Awarded Diploma in Horticulture


Nationality: Rwandan
Education; BSc in Crop Production and Horticulture


Experience before YEP
2016 to date Agronomist at Holland Geen Tech – VDS ACAMPO
2015 to 2016 Project Officer at The Hive Rwanda (Oct 2015 to January 2016)
2014 to 2015 Agronomist at Baltinsky Noam Farm/ Isreal
2012 to 2014 Field Agronomist at Balton – Rwanda
2011 to 2012 Agriculture Program Manager at Rwandan Orphans Project
2010 (6 Months) Intern in RAB/ Directorate of Crop Research and Extension

2014 (3days) Agribusiness Sales Strategy by Balton-Rwanda
2011(3months) Entrepreneurship and Business Plan Writing by IFC
2009 ( 2 days) How to become Plant Doctor by Global Plant Clinic; UK

YEP Agrofood


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