Reg Noble has worked for international NGOs such as OXFAM Canada. In 2011, he was invited to become a visiting speaker on global food security for the UNESCO Institute of Comparative Human Rights at the University of Connecticut. He has also been a visiting professor in food security for seven years at the UN mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. His experience of food security and community development stems from living and working in Malawi for almost 17 years. Using Malawi as a base, he worked in several sub-Saharan nations as well as in South Asia and South East Asia with smallholder farming communities.
The objective of his work has been to empower communities with the skills and knowledge to do their own development planning. He holds a PhD in biology from the University of London, UK. He specialized in ecology and natural resource management but changed to addressing food security and community development issues when working with farming communities in Malawi. There, he developed a farmer-led research program to improve the livelihood and food security of farming households. This approach evolved into working with communities to build their capacity to take ownership over development planning to address their poverty and food insecurity. Based on this experience, Reg Noble together with 10 other development professionals formed the nonprofit organization, the International Support Group, which operated for 10 years promoting community-led development in Africa and other regions in the global south.