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

Robbert Neijenhuis - YEP Agrofood at SNV in Kenya

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

Patricia Mwansa

Where is she now? Agronomist & co-manager at Holland Greentech

Young Expert at VDS A’campo - Zambia

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 14

YEP Role


I am working as the Agronomist and product development manager at Holland Greentech in Zambia. Holland Greentech offers an integrated package of inputs for horticultural production in East and Southern Africa, that is hybrid vegetable seeds, drip irrigation, greenhouses, biological pest control, soil analyses and services such as training and advice, installation and maintenance for the different products.


My role is as the agronomist and product development manager. In this role, I carry out the following duties;

  • Promotion of our seeds and offering advise concerning crop production, soil and fertilizer advice.
  • Trainings on issues related to vegetable production and soil analysis. 
  • Assist the Business developer assigned to Zambia in establishing our company as it set up offices in December of 2017. So basically, getting the necessary registrations and licenses for operation.  

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Knowledge of rural and urban sociology
  • Good marketing and training skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Eager to learn, hardworking, can-do-attitude, entrepreneurial 

Nationality: Zambian

  • High school certificate- Helen Kaunda Girls Secondary School, Kitwe, Zambia
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Sciences with a minor specialization in Soil Science

Experience before YEP

  • Industrial attachment at Golden valley Agricultural research Trust (GART), farm No. 630 Great north road, Lusaka. April-May 2015L:
    • Data collection from legume- cereal rotations as part of a research under conservation farming.
    • Preparation of demonstration plots for Agricultural expo.
  • Industrial attachment at Zambia Agricultural Research Institute (ZARI), Mt. Makulu Central Research station, Chilanga:
    • I was involved in Collection, analysis and interpretation of field and laboratory data for selected soil chemical, physical and microbiological properties including land surveying and evaluation of selected land qualities.
  • CEPHaS- Strengthening Capacity in Environmental Physics, Hydrology and Statistics for Conservation Agricultural Research where I worked as a research assistant.
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