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

Anke Verheij - YEP Water at Vitens Evides International in Vietnam

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

Bart Malaba

Young Expert at Larive International - Kenya

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 14

YEP Role

Jr. Project Manager

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Land & Water Management
  • Irrigation Systems
  • Water Systems, Agriculture
  • Aquaculture


Nationality: Dutch/Kenyan
Education: International Land & Water Management 


Experience before YEP

  • Consultant Agriculture and Water Systems, Western Kenya
  • Project Assistant (Soil Analysis), Eurofins-Agro, the Netherlands
  • Consultant Water Harvesting & Storage, Freekenya Foundation, Nyanza, Kenya 
  • Volunteer Advisor Agriculture Program, Kale Heywet Church,  Sherakole, Ethiopia
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Friday, March 8, 2019
Kamuthanga Aquaculture Farm EcoMark award
Kamuthanga fish farm in Machakos, Kenya has been awarded with the Platinum EcoMark Africa certificate by ARSO, the African Organisation for Standardisation. Companies that that receive this award aim more

EcoMark Label