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.


Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.

Announcement: new deadlines for submitting YEP proposals!

New deadline for submitting YEP proposals: 30 June!!

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!

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 17 and 18):

30 June 2018

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 18 July

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru - YEP Agrofood at AgriProFocus in Indonesia

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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