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.


YEP Programmes on national Indonesian radio!

YEP Programmes was promoted on the national Indonesian radio by two of our Young Experts!

YEP Effect 5: result of YEP Phase I

The fifth edition of YEP Effect has been released! In this magazine, we reflect on 16 batches of Young Experts in YEP Phase I, and the new Tailor-made programme. Download here!
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Joao Francisco de Araujo - YEP Agrofood at DADTCO in Mozambique

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

April van Delden

Young Expert at Impact Terra - Myanmar

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 12

YEP Role

Head of Impact.

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Experience taught me to understand the impact of cultural and language barriers, and to anticipate on them, as well as being considerate and empathetic, patient and tolerant. Furthermore, direct communications with a wide range of stakeholders, including farmers, companies, government and donors, required the ability to adapt quickly and to be diplomatic. I acquired the capability to read between the lines, to listen carefully, be critical, to ask follow-up questions and not to judge people or situations on their first appearances.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc International Development Studies at Utrecht University, Bs International Business at Maastricht University


Experience before YEP

  • Master thesis research on contract farming in the sugarcane sector in Mozambique, focus was on the perceived fairness of the contracts and the environmental impact of growing sugarcane.
  • Research in Madurai, Southern India on Primary Health Centers, for which I developed a rating system to identify what services and infrastructure were in need of improvement.
YEP Agrofood


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Global Entrepreneurship Week Workshop
Impact Terra facilitates a workshop on the development of new digital solutions to enhance the agricultural value chain! We need more chairs :-) more

Impact Terra during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
YEP 12
YEP 12 goes (partly) vegan, catered by Leerhotel Het Klooster more