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      Kyrgyzstan's Accession to the EEU: Why Do Apples Matter Anyway?

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            The Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) came into effect in January 2015 with the goal of creating an integrated single market in the Central Asian region. Among the measures Kyrgyzstan needs to adopt for accession is reorganization of the agricultural and agro-processing sector to comply with EEU requirements. With this in mind, I apply a relational conception of food to examine and understand how a capital-dependent agricultural system comes to bear on smallholder production in Kyrgyzstan. Examining apples as relational allows me to illustrate and analyze what is changing, what may be unalterable, and why. My analysis demonstrates how food security and the impact of the EEU on agricultural production can be analyzed and understood so as to grasp the transformative potential of food through processes of abstraction, and to more concretely understand the small states problematic in the broader context of multipolarity.

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            10.13169
            worlrevipoliecon
            World Review of Political Economy
            Pluto Journals
            2042891X
            20428928
            Summer 2017
            : 8
            : 2
            : 203-220
            Article
            worlrevipoliecon.8.2.0203
            10.13169/worlrevipoliecon.8.2.0203
            b09f5081-7626-481b-ab90-617491abb7f9
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