The Inception Workshop Report for the AFSPAN Project is now available for download. The workshop was concluded in Penang, Malaysia, hosted by the WorldFish Center from 10 to 13 September 2012. The inception workshop was convened to allow technical and country partners to discuss the work programme, identify in-country data gathering requirements and to develop implementation strategies for the project. The focus of the workshop was a joint review of the work-packages by all partners, including discussion on prospective case studies and data collection arrangements. The project is being implemented through a set of nine work-packages investigating different aspects including the role of aquaculture systems, social and cultural issues, nutrition, trade and markets and international cooperation. These will contribute to the development of an integrated analytical framework for quantifying the contribution of aquaculture in a broad development context.