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Alan has a PhD in livestock nutrition from University of Edinburgh. Following many years at the Macaulay Institute (now James Hutton Institute) in Edinburgh and Aberdeen he moved to Ethiopia in 2007 to work at the International Livestock Research Institute. While in Ethiopia he developed a portfolio of research for development projects on livestock systems in developing countries for major donors such as the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and the German Federal Ministry of Agriculture. These projects involved research in many developing countries including Tanzania, Kenya, India, Vietnam, Syria and Ethiopia. As well as technical expertise in livestock nutrition Alan is interested in societal, economic and institutional barriers to improved livestock nutrition. He has developed several participatory approaches to livestock feed improvement including the widely used Feed Assessment Tool (FEAST). Alan joined the University of Edinburgh in 2017 as a joint appointee with the International Livestock Research Institute.


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