Alan Duncan

Alan Duncan

Principal Livestock Scientist

I have a technical background in livestock nutrition but in recent years have become interested in institutional barriers to livestock feed development among smallholder farmers. This has involved me in experimentation with the use of local innovation platforms to catalyse innovation to overcome system level blockages to improved livestock feeding. I manage a range of research for development projects mainly focused on livestock feed issues. Within many of these I have been developing and applying the use of simple participatory tools such as FEAST and Techfit to aid identification of appropriate feed development strategies in smallholder systems

My Blog Posts


Higher quality and more accessible forage seeds - a pathway to better feed Ethiopia's livestock

The Feed Assessment Tool (FEAST) – new developments

Consultancy opportunity: editing and improving draft reports from application of the Feed Assessment tool (FEAST)

Short assignment: Mapping Feasibility of Livestock Feed Options in the Tropics

Help shape a feed and forage strategy for ILRI – Your inputs needed

My Publications

Associations between livestock keeping, morbidity, and nutritional status of children and women in low and middle-income countries: A systematic review

  • Alemu, Taddese
  • Giang Nguyen
  • Duncan, Alan J.
  • Baltenweck, Isabelle
  • Brown, Fiona
  • Iannotti, Lora L.
  • McNeill, Geraldine


  • Ericksen, Polly J.
  • Jones, Christopher S.
  • Marshall, Karen
  • Baltenweck, Isabelle
  • Banerjee, Rupsha R.
  • Crane, Todd A.
  • Bett, Bernard K.
  • Kemp, Stephen J.
  • Wright, Iain A.
  • Duncan, Alan J.
  • Dominguez-Salas, Paula
  • Charlie Pye-Smith, Charlie
  • Thornton, Philip K.

Supporting livestock feed and health activities for the Rwanda Dairy Development Project–Final report

  • Duncan, Alan J.
  • Lukuyu, Ben A.
  • Bezabih, Melkamu
  • Ouma, Emily A.
  • Varijakshapanicker, Padmakumar
  • Mutoni, Gilbert
  • Ghimire, Sita R.
  • Machuka, Eunice
  • Niyireba, R.T.
  • Dusingize, M.C.
  • Mukasafari, M.A.
  • Mutimura, M.

High-Quality Cassava Peel® (HQCP®) mash as a feed ingredient for livestock – A review of feeding trials

  • Amole, Tunde A.
  • Adekeye, Adetayo Bamikole
  • Adebayo, Adebola Bunmi
  • Okike, Iheanacho
  • Duncan, Alan J.
  • Jones, Christopher S.

Assessing the nutritional quality of stored grain legume fodders: correlations among farmer perceptions, sheep preferences, leaf-stem ratios and laboratory analyses

  • Akakpo, D.B.
  • Boer, I.J.M. de
  • Giller, Ken
  • Adjei-Nsiah, S.
  • Duncan, Alan J.
  • Oosting, S.J.

Effects of management practices on legume productivity in smallholder farming systems in sub-Saharan Africa

  • Muoni, Tarirai
  • Jonsson, M.
  • Duncan, Alan J.
  • Watson, C.A.
  • Bergkvist, G.
  • Barnes, A.P.
  • Öborn, Ingrid