Akira Nagata joined UNU-IAS as Senior Programme Coordinator. Under the over-all guidance of the Director of UNU-IAS, Mr. Nagata serves as a coordinator of the UNU-IAS Project “On-the-Job Research Capacity Building for Sustainable Agriculture in Developing Countries” (OJCB) and the research project on “Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)” which is funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF). He also participates in the planning of collaborative activities to be implemented by UNU-IAS and MAFF.
Before joining UNU-IAS, Mr. Nagata was working at the MAFF from 1979 after graduating from Hokkaido University with a major in Crop Science. He has served as director in several divisions at the MAFF headquarters, including the Rural Environment Division, Resource Division and Research Information Office. He also served as Director-General of Department of Agriculture, Okayama City and Adviser to Department of Agriculture, Indonesia.