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

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 27 May

Organisations: deadline project submission

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

11 October 2020

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

Hilman Agil Satria - YEP Water at Waterschap Zuiderzeeland in Indonesia

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

Celestina Danso Arhin

Young Expert at VDS A’campo - Ghana

YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 17

YEP Role

I am currently occupying a YEP position as a business developer for Holland green tech company in Ghana. Holland Greentech provide horticultural and technological long lasting and advanced farming solutions to farmers in Ghana. The work will, among other things involve:

  1. Effect the startup of Holland Greentech Ghana Activities
  2. Develop imports, commercial trials demonstration sites and field days activities
  3. Develop and execute marketing and sales plans
  4. Network with suppliers’ potential partners and relevant government and non-governmental stake holders.


Please click here for more information about my project.



  • Consultancy
  • Training
  • Marketing /sales
  • Business development 


Nationality: Ghanaian

Education:  BSC in Agricultural science (specialization: Crop science and Biotechnology) University of Ghana, Legon.


Experience before YEP

Prior to joining Holland Green Tech, I worked as an Agronomist/field officer and a trainer at Agritop limited in Ghana and responsible for:

  1. Providing practical and theoretical training to graduates, extension officers and vegetable growers in commercial greenhouse and open field vegetable cultivation.
  2. Managing operations in a 1260m2 greenhouse with special emphasis on providing guidance on fertilizer application, irrigation, pests and disease control, postharvest management of harvested produce and sales and marketing of the produce.
YEP Agrofood


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