Local stakeholders’ role is fundamental in reducing the impact of root and tuber crops viral diseases’ spread on smallholder farmers livelihood. To this end, WAVE trains farmers, extension officers and seed multipliers on disease symptoms recognition and good farming practices.

WAVE also engages in dialogue with scientists and governments for a better understanding and management of root and tuber crop viral diseases. WAVE calls on governments and policy makers to carry out policies and support preventive and control measures against the spread of root and tuber crops viral diseases in West and Central Africa.

On WAVE’s initiative, national response plans with emergency operation centres to mitigate cassava viral diseases were drafted in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Nigeria, Togo and Sierra Leone, then signed by the respective Ministers of Agriculture.