The Agricultural and Food Ethics Association of Türkiye (TARGET) was founded on March 30, 2016 and is the first and only civil society organization in our country in this field. In accordance with the decision of the Executive Board during the establishment process, TARGET International Agricultural and Food Ethics Congress are organized in every two years. The first congress was held at Ankara University Faculty of Agriculture on 10-11 March 2017. The second one was realized on 24-25 October 2019 at İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Ahmet Adnan Saygun Art Center.

Both of these two International Congress were successfully completed with two full days and two parallel sessions in two separate halls with oral and poster presentations by a broad and distinguished group of national and international participants, as well as more than 250 attendees. The Proceedings Books of our congress were also printed.

Despite our concern about the feasibility of holding the Third International Congress on Agricultural and Food Ethics due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic in 2021 both worldwide and in our country, we stuck to the Congress Calendar, encouraged by the success of the previous congress and the international close friendships and cooperation established during that period. TARGET’s 3rd International Congress on Agricultural and Food Ethics was held “online” on 5-6 November 2021. It was a two full days Congress with two parallel sessions like the ones before. A large number of speakers and audience were participated, and the Congress Proceeding Book was printed on time.

Yes, now it is Year 2023. The Centennial of the foundation of the Republic of Türkiye. A very special year which we will celebrate with enthusiasm and joy. We will stick tightly to the principles and revolutions of our Great Leader Atatürk and work even harder than before for the bright future of our nation.

On this auspicious occasion, we will be hosting the TARGET 4th International Agricultural and Food Ethics Congress in the state’s capital Ankara, at Faculty of Agriculture Ankara University on 16-17 November 2023.

In the Congress, we aim to cover all value issues of the agriculture and food system with a multidisciplinary approach. However, considering the lessons we have taken from these difficult and challenging times, we set a special topic area for the first time. The special topic area of the 4th International Congress on Agricultural and Food Ethics will be “Disaster Resilient Agriculture and Food Systems”.

We clearly see the need for a new agriculture and food system that is based on science, and ethical values, one that is fair, solidarist, inclusive, respectful of labor, and friendly to nature in order to ensure the well-being of people, society and the environment. In this context we invite everyone who reflects upon and produces thoughts about ethical issues related to agriculture and food systems to participate in the TARGET 4th International Congress on Agricultural and Food Ethics.

Best regards,

Prof. Dr. Cemal Taluğ
Congress Chairperson