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.


Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

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

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Jelmer Klinkenberg - YEP Agrofood at ICCO Cooperation in Cambodia

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

Teresa Wambugu

Young Expert at VDS A’campo - Kenya

YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 16

YEP Role

Product developer/Agronomist

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Training farmers
  • Sales and marketing
  • Good communication skills
  • Agronomy
  • Self-motivated, easy going and able to perform well with minimal or no supervision


Nationality: Kenyan

Education: Degree in Agribusiness Management and Trade (Kenyatta University), Diploma in General Agriculture (Yatta school of Agriculture Kenya)


Experience before YEP

  • 2018- Date: Product developer-Holland Greentech Kenya Limited
  • Jan 2017-Feb 2018: On Call Agronomist-Wanda Organic Limited
  • August 2014-Dec 2016: Telemarketing and on call agronomist- Amiran Kenya Limited
  • Dec 2013-July 2014: Production Supervisor -Bondet Limited
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Friday, November 15, 2019
Growing together with farmers is very important aspect in the fight against food scarcity. This ensures the farmer does the activities right. In this the farmer gets increased income plus the more

Friday, September 6, 2019
Income generation
Farming is for putting food into our table as well as generating income to cater for our needs. We started with Mr. Peter Gakuha when he bought his english cucumber seeds from Holland Greentech Kenya, more

Friday, July 5, 2019
Increasing farmers knowledge and improving their skills in farming is a key thing in coping with food security. I trained farmers how to grow lettuces. Lettuces is a fast growing vegetable and more