This report is concerned with donor-aided aquaculture. It arises from a generalized sense among donors that aquaculture has failed in Africa. It aims to illuminate the processes of aquaculture adoption at the household and intra-household levels through detailed, village-based research. Research was carried out in the context of activities carried out by a donor-supported programme, Aquaculture for Local Community Development (ALCOM) and the Zambian Department of Fisheries. The study examined the process of aquaculture development in Luapula province, Zambia. Following the introduction and background to the study, the report describes the context of the fieldwork, the view from the villages (digging and managing ponds, and impacts and effects of aquaculture adoption on fish farming households and communities), and intervention (the Department of Fisheries, the promotion of fish culture, and extension in practice), and the conclusions of the study are presented.