Michael CheKim

Michael CheKim

Michael CheKim

U.S. Department of State

Washington, DC
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Currently in the Washington, D.C. area. U.S. Federal employee since 2006, specializing in Korea, Asia, trade policy, and negotiations.  2006-2012 at the International Trade Administration within U.S. Department of Commerce working on Korea and Taiwan –including Free Trade Agreement negotiations with South Korea and Trade and Investment Framework Agreement negotiations.  2012-2014, Vice Consul at U.S. Embassy Manila.  2014-2015, Vice Consul at U.S. Embassy Seoul. 2015-2016, Trade Officer at U.S. Embassy Seoul.  2016-2018, Economic and Commercial Office for the Office of Agricultural Policy, U.S. Department of State and member of U.S. delegation to the World Trade Organization Sanitary and Phytosanitary Committee and Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum’s Food Security committees and Food Safety Cooperation Forum.  2018-present, Kyrgyzstan Desk Officer.

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By Sindhu Sundar

Policy proposal for collaborative food distribution networks utilizing existing nationally-accessible tools and organizations, and partnerships between community centers, hospitals, farmers, and distributors. Objectives are the identification of in-need communities to provide mobile markets and CSA boxes, as well as subsidization strategies to serve low-income areas.

COVID-19 Getting Farmers’ Products to Food Banks with Federal Help

By Michael CheKim

Too many crops from too many farms are going to waste as farmers cannot get distributors to buy them.  Too many food banks are going dry, and too many restaurants and their staff are idle. As Chef Jose Andres has asked in a recent eTown Hall, “Why can’t the Federal government pay restaurants to make food for food banks?”

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