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.


MDF newsletter by Young Experts!

A number of the Young Experts, employed by MDF, have released another edition of the "What's Yeppening" newsletter of MDF!

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

Annabelle Poelert - YEP Water at in Kenya

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

Abdullah Al-Baki

Where is he now? Senior Executive at ACI LTD, Bangladesh

Young Expert at Nelen & Schuurmans B.V. - Bangladesh

YEP period 2015 - 2017, batch 6

YEP Role
Research Assistant. My job responsibilities were preparing research reports, making presentations, preparing agribusiness monthly report and meeting minutes, evaluating reports, research designing & collecting data from various Government & NGOs to develop a multi resourceful database and IDSS system, I worked with lizard platform and GIS.

Click here for more information about my project.



Research work, data collection and analysis, work with lizard platform and GIS, preparing agribusiness monthly report and meeting minutes.



Nationality: Bangladeshi

  • Master of Science in Geography & Environment (Disaster Management), University of Dhaka
  • B.s (Hons) in Geography & Environment, University of Dhaka
  • H.S.C. Humanities Group, Rajshahi Cadet College
  • S.S.C. Humanities Group, Rajshahi Cadet College
Experience before YEP
  • I was working as a Research Assistant in ACI Agribusiness in the department of Business Intelligence and market research
  • Job duration is from 1st March 2015 to the present date
  • Job responsibilities are preparing research reports, presentations, evaluating reports, research designing & collecting data from various Government & NGOs to develop a multi resourceful database and IDSS system, work with lizard platform and GIS as well as preparing agribusiness monthly report and meeting minutes
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Monday, September 19, 2016
Patuakhali Field Visit
Place of field visit: Patuakhali Sadar Upazila, Patuakhali District, Bangladesh. (22.3542°N 90.3181°E ) Objectives of this visit: * To validate satellite image processing output with more

A YEPper working in the field (South of Bangladesh)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Field Visit for understanding of crop fields (in terms of satellite data)
Technical persons and some management persons form all four partner organizations (Nelen & Schuurmans, SarVision, SNV Bangladesh and ACI Agribusiness) of IDSS project went for a field visit at Bogra more

In a big rice field in Bogra, Bangladesh.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
IDSS Project Partners Meeting & Workshop
All four project partners (ACI Agribusiness, Nelen & Schuurmans, SarVision and SNV Bangladesh) came to ACI center in Bangladesh for project meeting and workshop. The duration of this session was 12 more

Working together for preparing a gantt chart till June 2016.