To build an ecosystem founded on innovation dedicated to improving the lives of farmers by providing access to the best possible advice, products and trade services
2019 — 2020
Jiva launched in 2019 with a vision to empower smallholder farmers around the world. Before a single line of code was written, the team conducted thousands of hours of in-field interviews across Indonesia, India and Africa to better understand the needs of future users. We reunited, shared our experiences and began to design and build Jiva's 4 initial products and services.
Today, Jiva is an independent entity backed by Olam International, one of the world’s leading agri-businesses and a pioneer in supply chain digitisation with 5 million farmer relationships across 45 crops and 66 countries.
Jiva currently operates in Indonesia and India, with the ambition to uplift farmers in every corner of the world with thoughtful, practical and high-quality products and services.
Jiva's leadership team brings together the best minds across technology, product development and agriculture. Their collective experience building some of the most innovative and successful companies in the world is unparalleled.
Chief Executive Officer
Ram has 25 years’ experience as a founder and entrepreneur within Olam. His career began in Tanzania, where he redesigned the field operating systems for first mile commodities procurement that was later rolled out across Olam globally. Ram subsequently founded and grew Olam’s packaged foods business to a market-leading SGD1 billion+ unicorn with over 1500 employees.
What inspires you about Jiva's mission?
“Small holder farmers contribute so much to the world and receive so little in return. Even the smallest improvements to farming practices and supply chain systems will provide the millions of people who keep food on our tables with the money needed to send their children to school, access medical care and break the cycle of poverty. I can’t think of a purpose to which I'd rather commit my energy and expertise.”
Chief Product Officer
Aakash brings nearly 17 years experience across software engineering and product management to the Jiva team. Aakash is a serial entrepreneur, founding 3 startups and partnering with Sequoia to support growing startups like Tokopedia and Byju's before getting acquired by GOJEK in 2015. As Director of Product Analytics and Chief Product Officer, Aakash helped grow the company from a $300M startup to an 18-product, $5B super app.
What excites you about the next phase of Jiva's growth?
“Today, we are digitising the processes used by stakeholders across the supply chain. This allows us to gather data and understand how the real world of commodities supply chain works. What’s really exciting is what comes next; when we get to change it through our insights, automation & hardware integrations. The possibilities in front of us are limitless.”
Chief Technology Officer
Niranjan has spent the last two decades as a founder, technologist and leader of impactful products and teams. As Co-Founder and CTO of C42 Engineering, Niranjan led high performance technology development for Tokopedia, Flipkart and GOJEK. Later, as Chief Architect and CTO at GOJEK, Niranjan oversaw 15 products and established an engineering culture focused on passion for new technologies, code quality and delivering value to users.
“Growing populations and changing climates are threatening agriculture — a fundamental pillar of humanity. As a city-based technologist, my ability to contribute to a solution was limited; I didn’t understand problems farmers faced, I don’t speak their language and I couldn’t fathom operating in remote areas. Jiva’s multi-disciplinary team attacks these problems at scale. With Jiva, I have the opportunity to help millions across the developing world by building technologies for those that deserve it most.”
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We're looking for talented, passionate and ambitious people to help us improve the lives of smallholder farmers across the world.Careers at Jiva
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Kota Jakarta Selatan,
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Backed by OLAM
Jiva is backed by Olam International, one of the world’s leading agri-businesses and a pioneer in agricultural technology and supply chain digitisation.
Olam has unparalleled presence in rural communities and relationships with over 5 million farmers across 45 crops and 66 countries.