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.


Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 19):

15 October 2019

Preparatory training course

Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November

Training of the 19th batch starts on 20 January 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 4 November

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Sjoerd van Driesum - YEP Agrofood at Financial Access in Kenya

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

Richard Kofi Appoh

Where is he now? Research Officer at IWMI Ghana

Young Expert at RUAF Foundation - Ghana

YEP period 2013 - 2014, batch 1

YEP Role

My role as a Young Expert for RUAF was to work on the following five tasks with support from local IWMI-Ghana staff and RUAF backstopping:

  • Analyse urban water demand of Accra, Kumasi, Tamale, and Ouagadougou (cutting across several agro-ecozones from humid to semi-arid) and how this will affect urban and peri-urban agricultural water needs given increasing rural-urban water competition and the increase in informal water markets
  • Assess how far safe wastewater use could reduce the pressure on freshwater resources
  • Analyse the value of urban and peri-urban agriculture by assessing its impact on poverty alleviation, employment and the support of ecosystem services
  • Map resource flows, including key food commodities such as vegetables, around the same cities to determine the role and significant of urban versus peri-urban versus rural farming in terms of food security and nutrition
  • Contribute to information management, including the RUAF website on urban and peri-urban agriculture, and development of targeted training and awareness materials for various stakeholders on water use efficiency, low-cost wastewater treatment options and the use of alternative water sources from rainwater harvesting to address water shortages.


My areas of expertise are watershed management, on-farm water management, water resources management, dry-season gardening and organic agriculture.



Nationality: Ghanaian
Education: I graduated with Master of Philosophy in Environmental Science and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. I have one publication and developed five technical manuals for training Peace Corps Volunteers Ghana.


Experience before YEP

I am an Agro-Environmental Scientist with work experience in scientific research, teaching, training and program management.

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