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.


MDF newsletter by Young Experts!

A number of the Young Experts, employed by MDF, have released another edition of the "What's Yeppening" newsletter of MDF!

YEP Effect 4 has been released!

During the YEP kick off of batch 15,  another new edition of YEP Effect has been officially launched: the fourth edition is now available!

YEP alumnus Jacques on TV!

Jacques Tuyishime, alumnus of YEP Programmes, is now Managing Director at Holland GreenTech in Rwanda. He has developed several skills during his time in YEP,  especially during the Personal Development Training!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 16th batch starts on 4 February 2019
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Lenah Kinya - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Kenya

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

Romy Appelman

Young Expert at AgriProFocus - Mali

YEP period 2017 - 2018, batch 13

YEP Role


AgriProFocus is an international multi-stakeholder network consisting of farmer organisations, private sector enterprises, government, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations, working together to create collective impact and transform agro-food systems. 


AgriProFocus has developed a strong network in Mali, Benin and Niger to support West African and Dutch stakeholders with joint activities around youth in agriculture, access to finance, agribusiness development, business development services, a.o., with a focus on specific value chains. In addition, network events are organised where network members meet each other, exchange information, share experiences or lobby and advocate for improved opportunities in the agro-food sector. 


For AgriProFocus in West-Africa I will:

  • Build and maintain relationships with members and partners in the agri-food sector in Mali and the region;
  • Identify opportunities for successful linkages for e.g. business deals and sustainable programmes;
  • Business development for the AgriProFocus (regional) network: facilitate and co-develop programme proposals for and with members and partners to mobilise resources for network solutions;
  • Participate in data collection and analysis for monitoring, learning and evaluation of specific network programmes and events in Mali and the region;
  • Support country teams to work with the Business Development Guide of AgriProFocus for all current and pipeline projects/programmes;
  • Support the positioning of AgriProFocus as the network of coordinating Dutch organizations’ interventions in the region;
  • Report/share regularly on business development related activities with AgriProFocus colleagues worldwide in similar positions.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Writing
  • Presentation skills
  • (Econometric) data analysis
  • (Field) data collection
  • Design and implementation of household surveys

Nationality: Dutch

  • MSc International Development Studies, major Development Economics (Wageningen University, 2016)
  • BSc International Development Studies (Wageningen University, July 2013)
  • Minor in African politics, global governance and EU (external) policy (Ghent University, 2013)

Experience before YEP

  • 2016-2017 Economic researcher, cluster Global Economics, SEO Amsterdam Economics
  • 2015-2016 Intern Behind The Brands Campaign, Oxfam Novib, The Hague
  • 2014 Research assistant on 3 field missions to Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Wageningen University
  • 2013-2015 Journalist, Resource, Wageningen
  • 2011-2012 Chair of PSF and WSO, Student Council Wageningen University
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