Dr. S.G. Reynolds' special interest in pasture-cattle-coconut association commenced with his appointment as Lecturer in Agriculture at the then South Pacific Regional College of Tropical Agriculture in Western Samoa in 1968. After several years of specialization he was appointed as FAO Soil and Plant Nutrition Adviser in 1974 serving in this post for two years. Subsequently he was nominated as Pasture Agronomist with the Department of Agriculture in Western Samoa where he developed a 67 hectare experimental farm under coconuts. Dr. Reynolds has worked extensively with smallholders at the village level and travelled widely through the Pacific region. From 1979–1982 he worked with the Department of Livestock Development in Zanzibar, Tanzania as the FAO Pasture Agronomist. In this assignment Dr. Reynolds worked to develop suitable integrated farming systems for the smallholders in tree crop areas and was principally responsible for the realization of the 15 ha Kizimbani research centre.
Dr. Reynolds is now a Senior Country Project Officer in the Asia and Pacific, Europe, Near East and North Africa Service of the Field Operations Division working at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization located in Rome, Italy. Since 1982 he has visited among others, Australia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, FSM, Kiribati, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, USA, Vanuatu, Vietnam, and Western Samoa, some on a regular basis, and has maintained contacts with colleagues in other countries enabling him to keep in touch with developments and to collect information relevant to the pasture-cattle-coconut association.