The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water, YEP Agrofood, YEP Energy and YEP Tailor-made, 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 and renewable energy 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), the Food & Business Knowledge Platform and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.


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New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 21st batch starts on 21 September

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 22):

11 October 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 28 October
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Maarten Hasselman - YEP Agrofood at Truvalu in Kenya

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

Boris Kouassi Kouassi

Where is he now? Consultant Agronomic Research & Training Development at myAgro, Mali

Young Expert at MDF Training & Consultancy B.V. - Ivory Coast

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 14

YEP Role

  • Perform a Stakeholder Analysis and select participants
  • Plan the MSP meetings and draw the agenda
  • Facilitate the MSP meetings at the inland valley sites
  • Establish and entertain communications with members
  • Report on the MSP meetings and write synthesis reports to communicate outcomes, challenges and achievements
  • Prepare and give presentations on partial outcomes challenges and achievements of MSP work
  • Write policy briefs on MSP outcomes that have a relevance for policy makers

Click here for more information about my project.



Farm management; agricultural research; crop protection; data analysis (R, SPSS); farmers training; agricultural project design and management; innovation transfer; smallholders empowerment; team facilitation



Nationality: Ivorian
Education: Agricultural Engineer (master’s degree), Agronomy and crop production. University:  INPHB (Institut National Polytechnique Felix Houphouët Boigny)


Experience before YEP

  • Research and development Agronomist / Syngenta AGRO SA, Ivory Coast
  • (May 2016-October 2017, 1 year 6 months)
  • Assistant to the National coordinator/ Humidtropics Program (IITA), Ivory Coast
  • (January 2016- March 2016, 3 months)
  • Internship, Humidtropics Program, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture(IITA), Ivory Coast
  • (February 2015- November 2015, 10 months)
YEP Agrofood


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