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

Peter W. Mbisah - YEP Water at Vitens Evides International in Malawi

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

Nynke Humalda

Young Expert at AgriProFocus - Kenya

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 14

YEP Role


I am working as a food security Young Expert at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nairobi. I am also part of the Talent Pool, a group of young food security professionals working at three embassies and at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture. 

In the Embassy in Kenya, my work evolves around four food and nutrition security programmes. Three are related to value chains (dairy, horticulture, and aquaculture) and one is a research project that assesses the effectiveness of the programmes and validates underlying assumptions. Next to supporting my colleagues in the project management of these programmes, my role will also be to look for opportunities within the current programmes to give attention to nutrition security, climate change and youth in agriculture.

I will also be involved in the development of the new country strategy in which new national level policy goals will be translated into the country context. Next to this, I’ve organised an Alumni-event and will organise a Food Security Partner Day and work on a joint assignment with the Talent Pool. The joint assignment focuses on knowledge management between the embassies, the two ministries, and other stakeholders.

Click here for more information about my project.



Project and knowledge management; research; networking; analytical; flexible; creative; curious; and solution-oriented.



Nationality: Dutch

  • MA Advanced Master International Development at the University of Nijmegen. 
  • MSc Research Master International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Thesis on trade-offs between conservation and development in relation to the Interoceanic Highway, Madre de Dios, Peru. 
  • BA International Relations at the University of Groningen


Experience before YEP

Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) – Knowledge Broker, working on the topics food wastage, land governance, nutrition security, gender, and landscape approaches. 

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) – Researcher Supply Risk Analysis, internship on analysing supply chain risks of companies partnering with the WWF Market Transformation Initiative. 

YEP Agrofood


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