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.


New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

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

Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

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

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the 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

Floris van Zuilekom - YEP Water at MDF Training & Consultancy B.V. in Kenya

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

Menno Morenc

Where is he now? Project Manager at Larive, the Netherlands

Young Expert at Larive International - Kenya

YEP period 2016 - 2017, batch 8

YEP Role

Project Manager Food Tech Africa at Larive International, Nairobi, Kenya.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Project management
  • Proposal writing
  • Business plan development
  • Food and agribusiness value chain analysis
  • Market research

Nationality: Dutch
Education: BSc International Business and Languages, MSc International Relations


Experience before YEP

Project Manager – Larive International BV

  • Project management of the FoodTechAfrica (FTA). FTA is a public -private partnership project that aims to develop the aquaculture sector in East Africa
  • Development of feasibility studies, business plans, financial models and market surveys within the food and agri-business sector

Consultant Energy & Innovation - Cataly Partners BV

  • Independently developed a new business unit ‘Energy & Innovation’ where I provided consultancy services on government grant, credits and loans. Acquired projects with focus on: energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainability and R&D
  • Created business plan: market analysis, competition analysis, SWOT, sales plan, resource planning
YEP Agrofood


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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Training on fish farming in arid regions
Training day by Kenyan FoodTechAfrica partner on aquaculture in arid regions, July more

Training day at Kenyan fish farm on aquaculture in arid regions

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Fish value chain East Africa
Descalding Lake Victoria Nile Perch at Gikomba market Nairobi! more

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Fish value chain East Africa
Interviewing fish traders and processors at East Africa's largest market, Gikomba, Nairobi! more