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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YEP Effect 5: result of YEP Phase I

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Our Young Experts

Bram de Vries - YEP Agrofood at VDS A’campo in Zambia

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Niels van den Bosch

Young Expert at Wageningen University & Research - Nigeria

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 11

YEP Role

I am a Aflasafe Scaling Expert at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Nigeria.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Social science
  • Rural development and sociology
  • Technology and innovation
  • (Organic) agriculture
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Project management


Nationality: Dutch

  • (Msc.) Development and Rural Innovation, Wageningen University and Research (WUR), Wageningen
  • (B.) Regional Development and Innovation, Van Hall Larenstein (VHL), Wageningen
  • (MBO) Organic agriculture, Warmonderhof, Dronten


Experience before YEP

June 2016 – December 2016: Monitoring and evaluation specialist - UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) in Libreville, Gabon. I have conducted the monitoring and evaluation of the Gabon Country Program from 2012 to 2016. It was my responsibility to develop and implement the first M&E system for the country development program. This included development, coordination, collection, analysis and reporting of the program results over the past 5 years. My efforts have resulted in the reporting of final conclusions and recommendations which are used to set the subsequent country development program.


April 2016: Agronomist - ALISEI in Libreville, Gabon. With my background and experience in sustainable agriculture I assisted ALISEI with the project ‘On Mange Local’ (We eat local) on voluntary basis. The project encompasses assisting local farmers with knowledge and tools in Gabon in order to increase local production.


November 2015 – February 2016: Organisation and communications specialist - ILEIA (Centre for learning on sustainable agriculture) in Wageningen, the Netherlands. Within my function as organisation and communications specialist on voluntary basis for ILEIA, I was part of the core-team which organized the contextual and practical organisation of the 2-day ‘Voedsel Anders’ conference 2016 in Wageningen. This growing movement focusses on the transition to fair and sustainable food systems. It included 60 workshops related to agroecology, soils, local food systems, urban farming, agriculture and trade policies, access to land and land rights. My tasks included setting the contextual statement of Voedsel Anders, organizing workshops, and organizing and managing volunteers.


Furthermore, Niels has experience with projects in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malta, Rwanda and Denmark.

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Friday, November 24, 2017
R4D-week at IITA
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Aggregation point for smallholder maize farmers in Kaduna state, Nigeria