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

Daphne van Dam - YEP Agrofood at Cordaid in Iraq

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

Yasmin Córdova

Where is she now? Programme Manager at Progreso, Peru

Young Expert at Progreso - Peru

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 10

YEP Role

Currently, I am a Project Coordinator at Progreso Foundation, based in Peru, South America. I manage the projects that are executing in Peru and Colombia. I work with coffee and cocoa smallholders and their organizations to improve their incomes. As an organization, we promote the integration of their products in the international market. To achieve these goals, there's an integral collaboration with the organizations through four components that we manage, such as: access to market, access financial, technical assistance and diversification. With this approach, we support the organizations throughout the production and trade processes in order to strengthen their productive, organizational and commercial skills. 

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Project management
  • Experience in coffee and cocoa post-harvest and process
  • Tasting skills (coffee and cocoa)
  • Proactivity                                            
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Goal –oriented
  • Decision making
  • Perseverance
  • Self-learning
  • Responsible
  • Independent

Nationality: Peruvian
Education: Agroindustrial Engineer and Food Industry 


Experience before YEP

  • Assistant in quality lab at Agriculture Cooperative NORANDINO – Peru. Developing physical and sensory analysis of samples of coffee for pre shipment and shipment
  • Researcher in CEPICAFE FOUNDATION. Executing a research project of post-harvest management of cocoa in collection centers in Chulucanas- Piura – Peru
  • Consultant in ALLIANCE COCOA PERU. Determining cocoa flavors profile of Huanuco, Ucayali and San Martin regions in Peru
  • Engineer of quality control in Agriculture Cooperative NORANDINO – Peru. Developing physical and sensory analysis of samples of cocoa for pre shipment and shipment
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Thursday, November 9, 2017
Implementation of activities: Organizational training program and CCF
A training program was implemented to promote solid and sustainable organization processes considering the different processes of the CCF certification (Fairtrade Carbon Credits) in which it was more

Contributing to the strengthening of the capacities of farmers in Yamango

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Closing agreements
On April 17th, was announced the approval for the proposal of planting trees for Ecosia in Peru. It is planned to plant 2 million forest and crossbreed trees in the main coffee growing areas of the more