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

Sijmen Weesie - YEP Water at Safi Sana in Ghana

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

Joshua Isiko

Young Expert at Single Spark - Uganda

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 14

YEP Role

Sales and Research Consultant

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Veterinary – Livestock diseases management skills
  • Livestock production
  • Feed production
  • Feed formulation
  • Zonootic Diseases management at community level

Nationality: Ugandan
Education: International Dip. Animal Feed, Master in Infectious Diseases Management, Grad. Cert. Food protection, Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine


Experience before YEP

  • Internship as Program officer-Pig & Feed value chain, Africa Institute for Strategic, Animal Resource Services and Development (AFRISA), Makerere University 
  • Project officer, Kamwenge District livestock project, Samaritan’s Purse International Relief- Uganda
  • Area project Coordinator,Fort Portal Area, BRAC- Uganda Livestock project
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Tuesday, March 12, 2019
A Feedcalculator App Demo for pigs set at Lydia Nakawesi's farm in Kijjuya
On 12th March 2019, a pig Demo farm for farmers to witness how the feed made using the feedcalculator app recipe performs in pigs was set. A combination of Local breed, Exotic cross and Combrough more

Monday, March 11, 2019
Mubende Livestocak farmers trained in making Animal Feed from Local Ingredients
On 11th March 2019, 80 pig and Poultry farmers in Mubende District, Kitenga Sub-County were trained in making animal feed from locally available feed ingredients like cassava, sorghum, ground nuts, more

Friday, February 15, 2019
FeedCalculator Features as Agr-ICT innovations in Harvest Money Expo
The Harvest Money Expo is an annual event of the Best farmers project in Uganda. It was held at Namboole National Stadium from 15th to 17th February 2019 and the feedcalculator app was one of the more