Jehiel Oliver

Chief Executive Officer

Role: CEO, Hello Tractor

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Pronouns: he/his

Race/Ethnicity: American

Education: B.A. Economics and Business, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University; M.S. Economics, Cornell University

Fun Facts: He was appointed under the Obama Administration to serve two years as a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa, where he most recently chaired the technology subcommittee.

About His Work: Rural, smallholder farmers often face labor and equipment constraints, resulting in under-cultivation, late planting, and lost income. Hello Tractor’s user-friendly software enables farmers to request affordable tractor services, while providing enhanced security to tractor owners through remote asset tracking and virtual monitoring. At Hello Tractor, Jehiel is responsible for overall management and strategy. He has been honored with numerous awards for his work in social entrepreneurship including being recognized by Foreign Policy Magazine as a Top 100 Global Thinker for 2016.

Watch & Discuss

In this short pitch, Jehiel Oliver explains Hello Tractor, an agriculture technology company connecting smallholder farmers across emerging markets to tractor owners delivering services to spur productivity and increase crop yields, during the Circular Economy pitch session at Solve Challenge Finals 2019.

  • Based on the pitch performed by Jehiel, what information was new to you? What surprised you?

  • Jehiel is passionate about solving issues related to sustainable agriculture. Research other platforms that are being used and share your findings.

Extension Activities

Agriculture often places significant pressure on natural resources and the environment. Sustainable agricultural practices are intended to protect the environment, expand the Earth’s natural resource base, and maintain and improve soil fertility. Sustainable agriculture frequently encompasses a wide range of production practices, including conventional and organic.