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- The district received rainfall during the month and the distribution was fair. The northwest divisions of Banane, Danyere and Mbalambala received very little rains while the rest of the divisions realised substantial amounts.
- The quality and quantity of pasture and browse continued to improve with high regeneration /regrowth of forage realized, thus improving the uptake for livestock and consequently reducing the trekking distances and enhancing faster livestock growth and reproduction.
Recurrent seasons of failed or poor rains, sustained high food prices, environmental degradation, and flooding have exacerbated existing chronic poverty in Kenya and resulted in deteriorated livestock conditions, significantly disrupting pastoralist livelihoods and contributing to increased food insecurity and malnutrition.
Impact of Food Prices Rises On Malnutrition and Food Security
- International food and oil prices soared until further in 2008 and translated in varying degrees into higher domestic food prices causing food riots in over 30 countries. Even though food prices are falling on the global markets, surveillance showed that local prices have continued to increase or have remained at their inflated level in a number of vulnerable countries.
- Heavy downpours characterised this month's rainfall in the district, resulting in an average amount of 73.9mm of rainfall being recorded for an average 6.2 days compared to last month's 115.9 mm.
- Pasture improved greatly due to the rains, making distances to grazing areas also reduce by 38.1%. Livestock trekked shorter distances to graze, improving their body condition.
- Household access to water remained relatively easy compared to last month as they only had to walk a distance of 1.3km compared to last month's distance of 1.2km.
- he district received 35.2 mm of rainfall on average compared to 42.85 mm received in October. The amount was 63.17 per cent below the long-term mean average of 106.7 mm.
- The district received some rains, with Matuga recording 89 mm in 9 days, Msambweni recording 43.1mm in 7 days while Kinango received 86mm for 4 days. This was lower than the average expected trend of 2006 - 2008.
- The pasture quality and quantity was good due to the light showers received often.
- The livestock body condition was good because the pasture condition was good and water was available. No livestock from neighboring provinces was in the district.
- Pans, dams, other sources and boreholes remained the main sources of water in the district.
- The general drought condition across all the livelihood zones is rated alert/alarm and improving.
- The district continued to receive some erratic showers reported in all the livelihood zones.
- The water condition remained favorable as most of the traditional water sources continued to hold adequate amounts of water.
- The condition of natural vegetation continued to be favourable as most of the areas across the livelihood zones reported improved pasture and browse conditions.
- The livestock body and health conditions recovered from the effects of the …
- There were some rains recorded during the first week of December although the intensity was less compared to the previous month.
- Rainfall continued being received with low intensity in localised areas, especially in Wajir central, Wajir Bor, Bute and Boji areas.
- The district received an average of 161mm of rainfall during the month.
- Water scarcity ceased.
- All livestock have appreciated in value while food prices reduced drastically, more so for pulses. First and early harvesting of pulses and short duration maize were available in hilly masses.
- Farmers engaged mainly in weeding during the month.
- Heavy rains were received in all parts of the district, which resulted into floods in most part of the district towards the end of the month.
- Pasture condition improved due to the recent rains in the district.
- The Greater Turkana district received very good amount of rainfall towards the end the month.
- The quality and quantity of pasture and browse in wet season grazing areas improved moderately.
- The average walking distance to and from water sources has reduced from 3.3 km recorded in November to 3.0 km.
- The body condition of most livestock species improved compared to the previous month.
- During the month of December the rains resumed and they are heavy.
- Moderate to intense rainfall was received in most parts of Loitokitok, Kajiado and Ngong districts during the last dekad of the month.
- Rains were reported in most parts of the district during the first week of the month. Spatial and temporal distribution was fair.
- Pasture and browse improvement was noted in all livelihood zones. Enhancement of pasture in the Agro-pastoral livelihood was as a result of inaccessibility due to insecurity in the area.
- Then month was the wettest during the short rains season, with heavy downpours experienced in the last two weeks in most parts of Tharaka North and Tharaka south districts. Such heavy rains are not normal for this month which marks cessation of October- December short rains. The ongoing rains may affect the quality of then mature crop in the field.
- Except for beans, crop performance was fairly good in all livelihood zones and harvesting of pulses such as green grams, beans and cowpeas was ongoing. Cereals were at grain filling and milk stages.
- The district recorded 53.02mm of rainfall, lower than 58.65mm during the previous month. The trend was downward and unexpected for such a time of the year.
- Pasture quantity and quality was poor and on a downward trend.
- Livestock body condition was poor and deteriorating. Fewer people sold their animals, so the prices increased slightly.
- Maize was at various stages of development, from weeding to tussling and was affected by poor rains.
- The district received between 40 and 120 mm of rainfall in December compared to the long term mean of between 30 and 100 mm.
- The rains received assisted in pasture and browse improvement as well as crop production both in the high and lowlands of Kieni.
- Water accessibility and availability both for household and livestock use was good as water harvesting techniques were enhanced at domestic level. Surface runoff water harvesting structures impounded adequate water and were at full capacity.
Since the beginning of the implementation of the Humanitarian Reforms in September 2005, WHO and partners have been working together both at the global/regional and country levels to improve the effectiveness, predictability and accountability of humanitarian health action.
The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, signed by President Obama on March 11, 2009, provided $75 million in agriculture funds targeted to food security. These funds provide essential continuity to programs begun in 2008 and allow new investments to build a foundation for the launch in 2010 of a broader long-term strategy to sustainably reduce hunger and malnutrition.
A larger food security strategy is currently being developed under the leadership of the Department of State.