Training is an important component of WAVE’s approach in responding to root and tuber crop viral disease threats. Indeed, training and mentoring programs are conducted in all WAVE implementing countries for MSc and PHD students. In the program’s phase 1, 27 MSc and PHD students were trained and such trainings are ongoing in WAVE’s phase 2 .
WAVE also aims at increasing women’s participation in scientific research. To bridge the current gender gap in scientific research in Africa, a gender equity policy was put in place not only in the selection of excellent MSc and PHD students but also in the recruitment of local scientists and administrative staff. Besides, WAVE gives students the opportunity to attend international mentoring and leadership programs intended for women in science and technology. In addition, WAVE and its partner AWARD, are implementing the WAVE Women Career Accelerator (WWCA), a project aiming at strengthening the scientific, leadership and mentoring skills of 16 African women scientists working within WAVE.
Finally, WAVE enables local scientists and academics to gain new knowledge or improve their skills with trainings on capacity building, leadership, scientific communication and project management.