Dear readers,Cuadernos de desarrollo rural maintains a permanent visibility policy intended to increase academic debate on rural matters. On this occasion the journal presents its first English issue with the contributions of researchers belonging to doctorate and PhD programmes in which matters in line with the journal’s topics are being studied. The articles present cases in countries like Colombia, Argentina, Peru and Spain. This special issue complies with the evaluation and quality criteria being used by the journal for more than three decades.The papers in this issue keep on nurturing the permanent dialogue and debate needed for understanding changes in rural areas and possible solutions for their permanence in a sustainable way. Learning methodologies will permit the permanent and conscious reorganization of processes of articulation of the different cycles in rural areas, both in terms of family farming and of national and international public policies, which attempt to manage rural areas adhering to New Regionalism.