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.


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Introduction video YEP

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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!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
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Our Young Experts

Anne van der Veen - YEP Agrofood at Cocoanect in Ivory Coast

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

Anna van Roekel

Young Expert at AgriProFocus - Benin

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 14

YEP Role


As a Young Expert food security and ICT4Ag, I assist the Food & Nutrition Security Cluster in managing and monitoring the different projects. This involves evaluating the project cycles of the projects including annual planning and budget, inception reports and results. 

In addition to the general project tasks, my role will include:

  • Managing the ICT components related to production, market access and access to finance of the ACMA 2 project;
  • Develop a policy strategy for the Embassy: design of an approach to include technological innovations and youth in agriculture and food security projects. Based on this I will set up a working group with other donors and partner institutions;
  • Assist the team in providing technical expertise to develop ideas and advise ongoing projects and perform feasibility studies.

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  • Project organisation and coordination
  • Rural economics and financial analysis
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Analytical and solution-oriented
  • Intercultural communication

Nationality: Dutch

  • Education: BSc. International Development Studies, Wageningen University
  • MSc. Development Economics, Wageningen University. MSc. Thesis: ‘Livelihoods and Food Consumption Patterns of Young Children: A Case Study in Northern Ghana 

Experience before YEP

  • WaterFocus: I worked as Assistant Project Leader for an urban sanitation project Bola Bondeh in Ghana funded by RVO. I was responsible for the project baseline study, budgeting and reporting and implementation;
  •  Agro Eco: As a junior consultant I worked mainly on market researches and financial analysis and profiling of cocoa farmers in Ghana to improve training programs.
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