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
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Adamu Billey - YEP Agrofood at Cocoanect in Ghana

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

Maarten Hermus

Where is he now? Business Developer at Holland Green Tech, Uganda

Young Expert at VDS A’campo - Uganda

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 9

YEP Role

I worked as a Business Developer of VDS A'campo/Holland GreenTech in Uganda. Holland GreenTech is an integrated one-stop-shop horticultural supplier and service provider. By providing products, training and service we are working on the next step of horticulture. My task is to start and develop a new healthy commercial distributor office. Which included:

  • Building and managing long-term relationships with Dutch suppliers
  • Determine market approach and activities/actions to set-up sales and advice
  • Represent and develop business via agribusiness partners, cooperatives, network activities and visiting commercial farmers
  • Setting up a professional way of working, setting up administration, invoicing, customer relationship
  • Develop sales and advice via direct farmers advice, demonstrations and demo days

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Business Development
  • Sales
  • Agriculture
  • Entrepeneurship
  • Project management

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc. Land Use Planning, Wageningen University. Minor Sustainable Economic Development, Wageningen University and BSc. Land Use Planning, Wageningen University


Experience before YEP

  • April 2015- September 2016: Project Advisor at LTO (Dutch Farmers Association)
  • October 2014- March 2015: Management Assistant at Royal Haskoning
  • September 2013 – January 2014: Intern at Arcadis
  • 2000-2014: Farming at Mtsl. Hermus (my family farm)
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018
2 Years and counting
Holland GreenTech Uganda hit the 2-year mark this month. It has been a great adventure starting up and building a company together with Victoria Nakyagaba. Our innovative business model of supplying more

Part of team Uganda at the Harvest Money Expo, Kampala 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Teamwork and impact
We are now at the start of our second year in business and at this moment we are working on teamwork and impact. Teamwork Holland GreenTech as a company is growing and we opened office start of more

Holland GreenTech professionals and interns at our Kampala office

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Building a company
Let me tell you some more about last months after my last update. Actually it is going quite good, Holland GreenTech Uganda is now a team of 6 young people, we managed to meet enthousiastic and more

Farmer Field Day training in partnership with ISSD