To improve smallholder farmer livelihoods, at scale
- Improving the lives of farmers is central to everything we do.
- We are relentless in the pursuit of our mission to empower farmers and create a step-change in their lives.
- Through deep understanding of our farmers and their communities, we build products and services that 'fit' the realities our users face on the ground.
Empowerment at Every Level
- We strive to create an empowered organisation by upholding open, meritocratic lines of communication across teams, regions and cultures.
- We endorse decision-making authority at all levels of the organisation and encourage our employees to make decisions at the point of execution.
- We enable decision-making by ensuring all employees have access to relevant and reliable information.
Impact at Scale, Build Iteratively
- We solve intractable, multi-faceted problems and create lasting positive impact for our farmers.
- We seek both small changes and bold moves in pursuit of solutions that can scale to reach millions of farmers around the world.
- We iterate every step of the way, testing the scalability and impact of every idea, process and solution, from engineering to field operations.
Jiva launches its farmer application at the end of 2020 in Indonesia, and begins preparation for on-ground operations with a vision to empower smallholder farmers, at scale. The team conducts thousands of hours of in-field interviews across Indonesia, India and Africa to better understand the needs of future users. In India, Jiva’s AgriCentral farmer application hits 2 million registered farmers and expands to over 10 crops for pricing and advisory.
Jiva enters operations in Indonesia across South Sulawesi and East Java, purchasing over 50,000 MT of corn and selling over USD 1 Million in agricultural inputs in the first year of Operations. In India, AgriCentra hits a 5 million farmers milestone and adds more than 10 additional crops to pricing and advisory.
Jiva increases procurement volume 5X and deepens market penetration to nearly 20% in key operating areas. Moves from 2 provinces to 7 provinces, and pilots their second commodity. AgriCentral surpasses 8 million farmers in India and dozens more crops to pricing and advisory, becoming one of the largest farmer advisory and agri-commodity pricing platforms in India.
Jiva procures over 500K MT of corn, becoming one of the largest direct from farmer procurers in Indonesia. Expands operations into 3 commodities and a further 2 provinces, covering the majority of the key agricultural zones in Indonesia. Jiva launches their retailer partner network. AgriCentral passes 11 million farmers and adds AI driven pest and disease diagnosis tools to their advisory offering.
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
Arnav brings in 10 years of experience in engineering, product and supply chain management. He joined Jiva from Locus, a Supply Chain Optimization Platform where he was the Director of Solutions and Global Sales Engineering. He led development and deployment of multiple product streams, and managed multiple teams spread across 4 continents and was instrumental in growing Locus into a USD 300M+ company.
“Working on products that could help uplift the livelihoods of 500 million farmers is not only emotionally rewarding, but is an amazing product challenge. There are factors that we wouldn’t even consider designing for in other industries, or other parts of the world. In an era when 15min deliveries are becoming the norm, farm-to-table supply chain is still stuck in the 1900s. Ensuring that the farmers get their fair dues and the produce hits the market in its prime; is what we are solving for, one region at a time. This is basic, the possibilities post that are endless."
Chief Technology Officer
Tejas brings 15 years of experience as a founder and technologist. He joined Jiva from Quintype, where as the Founding Engineer and Head of Engineering, he grew a team of over 100, developing an engineering culture focused on passion for new technologies, code quality and delivering value to users.
“Being thoughtful around what we prioritise at Jiva, means that we’re always keeping the focus on delivering direct impact to millions of farmers. We also keep a close eye on what’s sustainable for the team; we’re here to deliver long term benefit, rather than burning out before we can do so. Our team is our lifeblood, the added bonus for me is that they’re awesome humans too.”
Country Head, Jiva Indonesia
For over 17 years, Pankaj has been developing successful digital products and on-ground operations serving smallholder farmers in emerging markets. He joined Olam in 2005 and evolved his career with the company as a successful leader of Olam’s strategic operations in key commodities and geographies. From 2017 onwards, he combined this operational expertise with cutting-edge technological innovation to pioneer a series of world-leading digital solutions for smallholder farmers and rural supply chains. He was the Global Supply Chain Lead for Digital Olam, a major digital transformation initiative across multiple commodities and geographies.
Head of New Growth and Partnerships
Aditya joined Jiva from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he was a Principal in the consumer practice area. He is one of the original BCG/DV leadership team that designed and founded Jiva. During his time at BCG, he also worked extensively with Olam Group for over 4 years, covering multiple business units and key strategies for the group. Prior to BCG, Aditya developed deep supply chain expertise having spent half a decade working in supply chains across India. His focus had been on agricultural commodities and primary industry, working at major conglomerates such as Indian Tobacco Company and ExxonMobil.
Head of AgriCentral
Siddharth brings with him 17 years’ experience in business development, financial trading, risk management, and startups. He was a founding member of AgriCentral, and has been head of AgriCentral since it was launched by Olam in 2018, where he has helped AgriCentral grow into a multi-million user product. Siddharth joined Jiva’s leadership team in 2021 when Jiva acquired AgriCentral. Before Olam/Jiva Siddharth was the Chief Business Officer at RML AgTech, a Thomson Reuters company. During this time, Siddharth made a key personal decision to pivot away from Commodity Trading and Risk Management into his deeper interest of Agri Technology.
Head of Growth
Seamus is a serial founder with 10+ years experience in startups and innovation, having launched business across APAC spanning 4+ industry verticals; collectively, these businesses are now valued above +$300M. Prior to Jiva, Seamus worked as a Lead Strategic Designer for Boston Consulting Group (BCG)’s corporate venturing business (BCGDV), where he was also a founding leadership team member of Jiva. Across 5 years at BCGDV, Seamus worked in multiple industries, including commodities, finance, and government. He also helped to establish BCGDV’s Singapore office, which has since become one of their major international offices.
Head of Design
Nav is a product & service design expert with nearly 20 years experience in leading teams to deliver strategic and innovative digital products across Asia and Europe. Throughout his career, Nav has worked with major design institutions, such as Ideo, and founded and led multiple innovation and design studios. In 2013, Nav established the design practice at the multi-award winning studio, Buuuk, which enabled them to expand into multiple new categories of client. He also helped them establish their Vietnam operations. While at Jiva, Nav continues to coach product and design teams across the globe as a guest lecturer and mentor.
Board of Directors
Founder & Director
Executive Director, Co-Founder and Group CEO of Olam. Following the re-organisation of the Group, Sunny holds charge as CEO of Olam Global Agri and Olam International.
Olam was founded after Sunny was given a mandate by his employer at the time, Kewalram Chanrai Group, to start an agricultural-products business for the Group. Prior to his work with the KC Group, Sunny worked for Unilever in India.
Since 2018, Sunny Verghese has served as Chair of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a global, CEO-led organisation dedicated to accelerating the transition to a sustainable world.
Mr Verghese previously chaired CitySpring Infrastructure Management Pte Ltd, a listed Business Trust in Singapore and was also a Commissioner of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC). He has won several awards including ‘Outstanding Chief Executive’ at the Singapore Business Awards in 2007, ‘Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ for Singapore in 2008 and ‘Best CEO of the Year 2011’ at the Singapore Corporate Awards. He was also awarded the Public Service Medal by the Government of the Republic of Singapore in 2010.
Founder & Director
Suresh is Olam’s Chief Digital Officer, a member of Olam International and Olam Global Agri’s Executive Committee and a key architect of Jiva.
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South Quarter Dome Tower A, 21st Floor,
RT.10/RW.4, Cilandak Barat,
Kota Jakarta Selatan,
Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12430,
Surabaya, East Java
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Semarang, Central Java
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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.