YEP

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.

NEWS

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


Florentine Dirks - YEP Agrofood at Wageningen University & Research in Ethiopia
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Click here for an overview of all YEP projects at Akvo RSR

Abel Desta Belai

Young Expert at Tradin Organic Agriculture B.V. - Ethiopia

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 15

YEP Role

Assistant Project Manager/Coordinator. My job is a mix of specific tasks, coordinating roles (especially in relation to the public private partnership with GIZ) and a "manusje-van-alles" role. I perform a wide range of tasks, from the relatively simple to the more complicated.

 

About my project: The general objective of this project is to increase local value addition of the organic avocado sector in Ethiopia. This will be done by establishing an avocado oil factory in Ethiopia, thus creating an additional outlet for the farmer next to the fresh market. Avocado oil is an edible oil used in the food industry for e.g. salads or cooking but also very good for skin and hair (cosmetics). 


Click here for more information about my project.

 

Skills

Coordinating, working with a team, thinking ahead, diverse

 

Background

Nationality: Dutch
Education: Bachelor’s in business administration, University of the Hague

 

Experience before YEP

Worked for the Ethiopian-Netherlands Business Association (ENLBA). The association represents the Dutch companies that are active in Ethiopia. I was responsible for the day to day activities but also organizing events and representing the association.

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Contact

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