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

Alexander de Ruijter - YEP Water at Arcadis Nederland B.V. in Vietnam

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

Josanne Dalstra

Where is she now? Coffee Production System Analyst at Olam, Zambia

Young Expert at Olam - Zambia

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 13

YEP Role

Innovation manager, Northern Coffee Corporation (Olam), Zambia

As Young Expert Agrofood I will be working for Northern Coffee (NCCL) in Northern province, Zambia. This is the least developed area of Zambia, and NCCL is the largest private employer in the province. This makes the ongoing viability of the company of great concern for the development of the whole province, and in particular for the workers and residents of the towns near NCCL’s five estates.


My most important responsibility is increasing the production of superior hybrid coffee plants via from only a few thousand plants per year to a target of over 180000 plants in the next year. This variety has shown increased yield and resistance to diseases in trials, but due to problems with the vegetative production method has not yet been able to be used on a large scale. Solving these problems will require me to use not only my theoretical knowledge of plant science, but also my management and organizational skills. 


I also provide support to other projects such as mapping and organizing quality analysis of different growing areas, guiding or providing information for students, observing waterlogging issues and preparing samples for nutrient analysis and establishment of 20Ha of plantation for sustainable firewood production. 


Click here for more information about my project.



Research, Monitoring, Problem Solving, Data Analysis, Project planning and Execution.



Nationality: Dutch/Australian

  • 2014-2017: MSc Plant Sciences, Wageningen University, with specialization in crop science
  • 2010-2014: BSc Plant sciences, Wageningen University, specialization Production and Ecology

Experience before YEP

During my masters I interned at the Australian Research of the Dutch Seed company, Enza Zaden. I investigated how onion floral morphology affects bee visitation and subsequently pollination.

After graduating from my MSc I worked as a lab assistant at Soilcares collecting data using their NIR spectronomy technology. 

YEP Agrofood


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