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Evelien Rietdijk

Evelien Rietdijk

Young Expert at Solar Works - Mozambique
YEP period 2020 - 2022, batch 19

YEP Role

As a ‘manager of irrigation technologies’, I work for SolarWorks! in Nampula, Mozambique. SolarWorks! wants to support smallholder farmers with off-grid water pumps that are powered through a renewable energy source. It is my job to help build this new product portfolio and to establish and manage the implementation. I lead a market study to assess the potential of introducing solar-powered water pumps to smallholder farmers, lead the design of a product portfolio, and organize the sales and implementation of the systems in the field.

Skills

  • Social-science field research
  • Hydrological field measurements
  • QGIS and hydrological modeling

 

Background

Nationality: Dutch

Education:

  • BSc. Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
  • MSc. Civil Engineering –Water Management, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

 

Experience before YEP

Before YEP I worked at two different water authorities in the Netherlands. During my studies, I assisted as a junior water manager in the Monitoring & Data management team with both field and office work. Thereafter I worked as a policy officer with the water planning team on the optimisation of internal organisational processes around the mapping database.

 

For my master thesis, I used a participatory planning approach to support the sustainable development of smallholder farmer irrigation practices from an alluvial aquifer in Southern Zimbabwe. 

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Organisation: Solar Works
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