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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