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

Babette Bodlaender - YEP Agrofood at AgriProFocus in Myanmar

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

Bram de Vries

Where is he now? Business Developer at Holland Greentech Zambia

Young Expert at VDS A’campo - Zambia

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 13

YEP Role

I am working as the Business Developer of VDS A'campo/Holland Greentech in Zambia. Holland Greentech is an integrated horticultural supplier and service provider. By providing products, training and service we are working on the next step of horticulture. My task is to start and expand the work of Holland Greentech to Zambia and set up a distributor and service office. This includes the following:

  • Determine market approach and activities/actions to set-up sales and advice
  • Represent and develop business via agribusiness partners, cooperatives, network activities and visiting commercial farmers
  • Represent Building and managing long-term relationships with Dutch suppliers
  • Setting up a professional team and working methods, setting up administration, invoicing and customer relationship
  • Develop sales, advice and training

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Irrigation
  • Water management
  • Agriculture
  • Training
  • Project management

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc. International Land and Water Management, Wageningen University. BSc. International Land and Water Management, Wageningen University


Experience before YEP

2017: MSc. Intern at Tauw

2016: MSc thesis Dealing with uncertainties: ‘Implications of the risks and uncertainties of two solar pump innovations in the Terai, Nepal'

2015: Research intern Farmer-Led and Peri-Urban irrigation, Resilience BV. Mozambique

YEP Agrofood


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Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Demo's for small scale, commercial farmers
Already six months in Zambia, doing my best to support vegetable farmers. We are focussing on seeds, soil and irrigation. Last week, my colleague and yep-er Patricia and I had an intensive field trip more

Demo site in Mufilera area

Thursday, January 11, 2018
making progress
Only one month has past but so many things have happened. After some very interesting and fun days in Kigali and Kampala, where I had the chance to meet the best team that ever existed in the field more

Giving training about gravity drip irrigation in Uganda

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
(YEP) Preperations
A very first update of my project: from the Netherlands still. The last 2,5 weeks were fun, intense en and very useful as preparation for my work in Zambia the next two years! more

Visiting an innovative (urban) greenhouse