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YEP Programmes for international talents

The need for sustainable food production and water management in the development of Low & Middle Income Countries is becoming increasingly important. At the same time, the global water network has an international ambition to innovate and rejuvenate. Against this backdrop, the Young Expert Programmes (YEP Programmes) is striving to supply international professionals and expertise in the water and agrofood sectors.
YEP'ers visiting the Maeslantkering
Marjon Reiziger
Marjon Reiziger
Programme Manager YEP Programmes

YEP Water and Agrofood

NWP was instrumental in setting up YEP in 2013. Originally focusing on water, YEP was extended in 2015 with YEP Agrofood, and ever since consists of two programmes: YEP Water and YEP Agrofood. YEP is the joint endeavour of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the NWP and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP).

Young professionals gaining experience abroad

YEP offers young Dutch professionals the opportunity to gain experience abroad and young local professionals the opportunity to gain international experience through Dutch organisations. The Young Experts receive intensive training and coaching. They identify opportunities for professional development and personal growth, and focus their work on change, stakeholders and results. 


Dutch companies, knowledge institutions and social organisations outside the Netherlands that work on development cooperation can submit a project proposal for the deployment of a Young Expert. The period of deployment is between one and two years and must fall under the priority areas of the Dutch development cooperation policy. 

  • Efficient water management, in particular in the agricultural sector.
  • Improved river basin management and safe estuaries.
  • Access to safe drinking water and sanitation.
  • Eradication of hunger and malnutrition.
  • Promotion of inclusive and sustainable growth in the agricultural sector.
  • Creation of ecologically sustainable food systems.

92 percent continues their career in water / agrifood sectors

Over 350 Young Experts have been deployed in 38 countries, through more than 115 different organisations. Ninety-two percent of the 180 YEP alumni are still continuing their careers in the water and/or agrifood sectors. 

YEP is coordinated by the YEP Programme Bureau. NWP acts as the Programme Bureau's lead agency.
For more information visit www.yepprogrammes.com