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!

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Preparatory training course

Training of the 21st batch starts on 21 September

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Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 22):

11 October 2020

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New YEP positions will be available on 28 October
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Mestawet Gebru

Where is she now? Research Officer at Wageningen UR, Ethiopia

Young Expert at Wageningen University & Research - Ethiopia

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 11

YEP Role

Junior Officer – Diets and Food System Research. Activities:

  • Creating ecologically sustainable food systems for healthier diets through team-based diet and food system characterization
  • Data handling and participatory action research
  • Support the identification of leverage points to make food systems more sustainable and make healthy diets more the default option. This means making sure that food system is “protective and respectful of biodiversity and ecosystems; culturally acceptable, accessible, economically fair and affordable; nutritionally adequate, safe and healthy; while optimizing natural and human resources”
  • Awareness creation, innovative processing, packaging, I will contribute to testing novel practices that can make a significant difference in food sustainable provisioning in Ethiopia

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  • Nutrition Assessment/ Intervention
  • Education and Training
  • Nursing Care
  • Research
  • Counseling
  • Curriculum Designing
  • Data Collection
  • SPSS, WHO Anthro, EpiInfo, Microsoft Office, etc.

Nationality: Ethiopian

  • Masters of Science in Nutrition - Hawassa University, Hawassa Ethiopia 2015
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Kea-Med University College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 2009
  • Certificate in Nutrition Assessment Counseling and Support (NACS) for PLHIV and OVC training 2015
  • Certificate in Permagarden ToT USAID, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 2016

Experience before YEP

December 2015 – June 2017: Several activities on the USAID/ AKLDP project:


Information officer (Dec-July 2015):

  • Collated and shared El Niño related drought information with USAID, UN, World Bank and other international development partners for their analysis
  • Conducted a real time situational assessment on the 2015 El Niño driven drought on young rural women in the worst drought affected areas of Ethiopia

Coordinator of Home Gardens Network in Ethiopia (April 2016-June 2017):

  • Organized and facilitated quarterly meetings aiming to improve knowledge regarding gardening activities that improves nutrition
  • Arranged field visits in which network members learn from best practices of various gardening types
  • Provided Permagardening training to network members, farmers and gardeners to improve their technical skills in gardening
  • Prepared and documented meetings, field visits and training reports  
Secretariat of Ethiopian Agro-Ecology Platform (April 2016-June 2017):
  • Organized and facilitated meetings and workshops
  • Prepared and documented proceedings 
Mentoring Interns (July 2016-June 2017):
  • Provided mentoring and learning support to under-graduate students from Universities on agro-ecology/conservation agriculture, permagardening and computer skills in order the interns develop their research, learning and documentation skills that are relevant for their next academic year 
Conducted a review (Sept-Dec 2016):
  • Involved in final evaluation of USAID’s DFAP program that supports the government PSNP in the main regions of Ethiopia Tigray, Amhara, Oromia and Pastorals from 2011 – 2016 
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Sunday, April 1, 2018
Ethiopia Food Systems Paper
The paper identified research streams to support the operationalizing of such food systems approaches in Ethiopia by engaged with stakeholders, reviewed the literature, and applied a food systems more

Monday, July 23, 2018
Analyzing Schools as a Platform to Diversify Diet
Technical inception meeting was held at Nairobi from 23-25 of July 2018 in preparation to start the new ACIAR project on school feeding more

Monday, May 28, 2018
Advanced Course on ‘Food-Based Dietary Guidelines Development and Validation
Importance of Indigenous foods was presented in order to generate evidence, integrate biodiversity into food systems, stimulate enabling policy environment, increase consumer awareness and demand. more

Ethiopian Indigenous foods