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08 Sep 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Generally the month was dry characterized by hot nights and sunny days.

  • No rainfall was recorded during the month of August.

  • The County recorded an average 3 month VCI of 53.39 implying normal vegetation greenness for the County.

  • The quantity and quality of pasture ranged from fair to poor in the Mixed farming zone while in the Marginal mixed farming zone it was poor.

08 Sep 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

 In the month of August, highland areas received substantial amounts off season rains while the low lands registered depressed showers which were poorly distributed in both time and space.

 Vegetation condition index for the month stood at 52.29 from 51.56 in July. This was indicative of above normal vegetation greenness.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

08 Sep 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Off seasonal rainfall was experienced during the month.

  • The vegetation condition Index VCI-3Month) was 56.27 in the month of August from 50.86 in July which is normal.

  • The VCI indicated vegetation condition showed greenness above normal. The situation overall drought phase in the county was at normal in August.

Socio Economic Indicators

Production indicators

08 Sep 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

Rainfall: In August, the County has experienced rainfall ranging from heavy to light showers. Generally, the rains were distributed fairly in terms of time and poorly in terms of space.
The received rainfall was approximately 98% of the expected amount for the month, which is within the normal range.

08 Sep 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators
Rainfall:
- Minimal showers were recorded in the third dekad mostly in the Mixed farming zone with some areas of the county recording dry days during the month.
- Vegetation condition: The 3 month vegetation condition index (VCI) for the County is 29.06 depicting a moderate vegetation deficit.

08 Sep 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification
Biophysical Indicators
- Taita Sub County received light showers in the month under review.
- The long rains season was depressed, erratic and characterized by poor distribution in terms of time and space.
- The rains supported pulses production, water recharge and pasture regeneration.
- Vegetation condition index stood at 41.58 i.e. normal vegetation greenness.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

08 Sep 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Below-normal rainfall was received in both livelihood zones.

  • The Vegetation Condition Index was above normal at 54.63

  • The state of water sources was normal for this time of the year.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators

  • Livestock body condition was normal at this time of the year.

08 Sep 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • No rainfall was received in the month and this is normal.

  • Generally, vegetation condition index was within the normal range in-exception of some parts of Marginal Mixed Farming livelihood zones.

  • The state of water availability in main water points was declining and below normal.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  • Crop production was fair/poor and below normal

08 Sep 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought situation and phase classification

Biophysical Indicators (Environmental indicators)

  • Some off season rains were recorded during the 1st and 2nd decade of August whose spatial distribution was uneven as compared to the previous month which was generally dry
  • State of water sources in the county during the month under review was 4 (declining) - below normal at this time of the year.

  • On average pasture and browse condition recorded deterioration trend.

08 Sep 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation

Biophysical Indicators

  • August is normally a dry month. No rains were received during the month.

  • Vegetation condition in the county was deteriorating with Kajiado central and east having severe vegetation deficit.

  • Water was inadequate and strategic waterpoints were under pressure from livestock, human being and wildlife.

Production and Access Indicators

08 Sep 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The month of August was characterized by an alternating occurrence of cloud cover, with long intervals of sunny, windy and dry weather conditions.

  • The Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) was 14.9 indicating a severe vegetation deficit. Isiolo North and Isiolo South were at severe and moderate vegetation deficit respectively.

  • The water levels and availability were below normal.

08 Sep 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Rainfall: Slight erratic rainfall showers were received across the sub counties during the off season month of August

  • Vegetation Condition: The vegetation condition in Mbeere North and Mbeere South remained normal in the month of August

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

08 Sep 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification
Biophysical Indicator
The County is currently experiencing moderate vegetation deficit.

08 Sep 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Drought Phase: ALARM

Biophysical Indicators

  • The biophysical indicators show positive fluctuations above the expected seasonal ranges.

  • 107.0 mm of rainfall was received in the month of August.

  • The August VCI values for Baringo County, Mogotio and East Pokot subcounty were 51, 47 and 49 respectively. Tiaty, Baringo North and Mogotio are currently above normal ranges indicating normal vegetation conditions.

07 Sep 2017 description

Stanley Kimeli has seen his harvest double since joining a local youth group in western Kenya called Kilima Tumaini, or Mount Hope.
With only a primary school education, he did not know how to farm profitably before joining the group in 2007.

07 Sep 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Since the beginning of the year, a total of 47,986 children (57% of annual target) and 91,319 children (53% of annual target) have been registered for the treatment of severe and moderate acute malnutrition respectively.

• The nurses’ strike continues to gravely impact the provision of health and nutrition services country-wide, with 50% to 80% of health facilities being non-operational in 6 drought-affected Counties.

07 Sep 2017 description

NAIROBI, 7 September 2017: Humanitarian partners in Kenya today appealed for US$106 million to scale-up their response to the most urgent and lifesaving needs resulting from the egregious effects of the drought in northern Kenya.

07 Sep 2017 description

People in the Arid and Semi-Arid (ASAL) Counties of Kenya are experiencing a food security and nutrition crisis as a result of a protracted drought that has undermined coping capacities and exacerbated vulnerabilities.

07 Sep 2017 description

The threat of famine persists in Somalia following several consecutive failed rainy seasons. According to the FAO-managed FSNAU post-Gu assessment issued on 31 August, an estimated 6.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Thanks to generous contributions of more than US$1 billion for humanitarian action since the beginning of the year, operational agencies are reaching over 3 million people per month and famine has been averted so far.