The Central and West African Virus Epidemiology (WAVE) is an international research program working towards food security in Africa through coordinated efforts to control the spread of root and tuber crops viral diseases affecting Africa’s smallholder farmers’ livelihood.

Launched in 2015 with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the Department for International Development (DFID) of United Kingdom, WAVE conducted a successful first phase that resulted in the donors granting the program a second phase and extending its geographical scope.

Headquartered in Côte d’Ivoire, WAVE is implemented in ten (10) countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Nigeria, Togo and Sierra Leone and hosted by thirteen (13) national agricultural research institutes and universities.