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

Rafsan Jani Siam - YEP Agrofood at Just Business in Bangladesh

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

Berry van den Pol

Where is he now? Project Engineer Water and Irrigation at PRACTICA Foundation, the Netherlands

Young Expert at Practica Foundation - Burkina Faso

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 10

YEP Role

Liaison officer and technical advisor. Practica provides technical assistance to a range of irrigation projects in the Sahel. I will represent Practica Foundation locally, coordinate project activities, execute field assessments, facilitate trainings and make linkages with other organisations and initiatives. I hope to learn a lot about the local dynamics related to the implementation of the various irrigation projects.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • An interest to understand and connect the needs from different actors: farmers, enterprises, donors
  • Positive and open attitude to new developments
  • Flexible and rapidly adopting knowledge on new topics
  • French, Spanish and Portuguese language skills

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc International Land and Water Management (Wageningen) with a specialization in Agriculture and Rural Development (Montpellier)


Experience before YEP

For my MSc thesis I have done field research on business strategies of small-scale farmers in Mozambique. This has given me a lot of insights in the opportunities and struggles faced by farmers and rural traders.. and is still in my mind whenever we try to come up with new ideas. After that I’ve worked for Practica, with a focus on developing tools and facilitating trainings for local well drilling enterprises in Africa, as well as making market linkages to introduce solar irrigation systems. 

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