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.


YEP Effect 4 has been released!

During the YEP kick off of batch 15,  another new edition of YEP Effect has been officially launched: the fourth edition is now available!

YEP alumnus Jacques on TV!

Jacques Tuyishime, alumnus of YEP Programmes, is now Managing Director at Holland GreenTech in Rwanda. He has developed several skills during his time in YEP,  especially during the Personal Development Training!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 16th batch starts on 4 February 2019
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

Alinta Geling

Where is she now? Chief Operations at Oolu Solar Senegal

Young Expert at AgriProFocus - Mali

YEP period 2016 - 2017, batch 9

YEP Role

Young Expert Youth in Agribusiness.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Youth empowerment
  • Sustainable agriculture challenges
  • Political analysis
  • Writing
  • Youth migration

Nationality: Dutch
Education: Master in International Security at SciencesPo Paris


Experience before YEP

Working for different research organizations, I worked on democratic and political challenges in West-Africa. Research on the drivers of migration from West-Africa to Europe allowed me to explore the power and the potential of the youth and the particular challenges they face today.

YEP Agrofood


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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Spirit of the Caravane des Jeunes / Youth Caravan
It is still with so much joy and pride that I look back at the Youth Caravan organised last year, that I did not want to miss the opportunity to share the video of the caravan with you. It is more

Sunday, November 6, 2016
Caravane des Jeunes - Mali
Working in agriculture is not very popular among the youth in Mali; it is considered backward and back-breaking labour with little economic benefits. The 'Caravane des Jeunes pour l'Entrepreneurial more

Thursday, September 15, 2016
Let's get started
The YEP programme is one big learning experience. These first three weeks are about yourself, your job, your experiences and mostly about learning. From intercultural communication to making videos, more