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

Melanie Shudofsky - YEP Water at Waterschap Zuiderzeeland in Indonesia

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