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19 Feb 2018 description

Humanitarian aerospace is one of the cutting-edge fields in which the Sentinel Project operates, through its subsidiary initiative Sarus Humanitarian Aerospace. Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and commonly called drones, can be widely used for peaceful, humanitarian, and environmental protection purposes. Making use of the technical abilities of drones enables non-government organizations to access areas that are unsafe or off limits to their personnel.

19 Feb 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • Kenyan traders imported more than 77,500 tonnes of maize worth $31.2 million since January from its neighbours.

  • This is the highest amount of imports in the past five years as drought and the effects of the fall armyworm manifest in the country’s staple.

  • Kenyan traders have taken advantage of the low prices in Uganda’s Tororo, Gulu, Masindi and Lira regions to ship in the produce, buying a tonne for as low as $180 per tonne.

By ALLAN OLINGO

16 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • In January 2018, UNICEF has distributed 2,909 cartons of Ready-To-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) across nine counties.

  • A total of 95,757 people (15,321 children under five) were reached with malaria control interventions including indoor residual spraying, distribution of insecticidal treated nets, as well as behaviour change communication.

15 Feb 2018 description

The report summaries key findings from Hunger Safety Net Programme Phase 2 Qualitative impact study conducted in August 2016. The report integrates interesting infographics that depict the findings in an easy to read and understand format.

The NSNP

15 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought situation and phase classification

Biophysical Indicators (Environmental indicators)

  • Below normal rainfall was received during the month.

  • Forage condition ranged between fair to good across the livelihood zones.

  • The 3-month vegetation Condition Index (VCI) was normal.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators

15 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The month of January was dry and this is unusual.

  • The vegetation condition was fair across the county and below normal.

Socio-Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production Indicators

  • Crops performance was poor and minimal harvest was realised.

15 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Above normal rainfall was received in the first dekad but it was dry in the second and third dekad.
  • The Vegetation Condition Index was above-normal at 59.26.
  • The state of water sources was normal for this time of the year. Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators

15 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

Rainfall:

  • In January, the County experienced little to no rainfall. The light showers received were poorly distributed in terms of time and space across and in only one livelihood zone - marginal mixed farming.

Vegetation Condition:

  • The Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) is within the normal range for the period, indicating a fair state of pasture and browse condition across most areas.

15 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The County experienced no rainfall during the Month.

  • The vegetation condition Index VCI-3Month) was 34.98 in the month of January 2017, showing a decrease of 33 percent compared to previous month.

  • The VCI indicated vegetation condition was moderate vegetation deficit towards worsening trend. The overall drought phase in the county was at Alert in January 2018.

Socio Economic Indicators

15 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The month was hot and dry with an exemption of the hilly areas where light showers (33.8 percent of expected rains) were recorded during the first week.

  • The average 3 month Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) was within the normal vegetation greenness band.

15 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • No rains were received in the entire County during the month of December.Cessetion of the short rains was early as it occurred in the second week of November compared to normal of first week of December

15 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The county got some off-season rains in January.

  • Forage condition was moderate but on a declining trend. Kajiado South having severe vegetation deficit.

Production and Access Indicators

  • Cattle were thin and their fore ribs visible across the county. Households had no food stocks in all livelihoods.

15 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The month of January was characterized by an alternating occurrence of cloud cover. Isiolo Central received a rainfall of about 4.5mm.

  • The 3-Month Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) deteriorated into extreme vegetation deficit

  • The condition of pasture and browse was poor in a greater proportion of the county as most grazing areas are depleted and bare.

15 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Rainfall: No rainfall was received in the month under review across the livelihood zones.

  • Vegetation condition: 3-months Vegetation Condition Index for the month under review was 24.68 depicting significant vegetation deterioration and shifted from normal vegetation deficit band in December to moderate vegetation deficit strap in the month under review. Forage condition is fair-poor across the livelihood zones.

15 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • There was no rainfall reported during the month and is normal for this period of the month.

  • The average greenness for the county as per the vegetation condition index for 3 month continue to decrease and is currently is at 16.31 indicating severe vegetation deficit category.

  • The current average vegetation condition index is below the normal range of >35

15 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Rainfall: Below normal rainfall was received in the region in the month of January.

  • Vegetation Condition: The vegetation condition is normal for both Mbeere North and Mbeere South. The pasture and browse condition was good to fair in both livelihood zones, with some pockets in marginal mixed farming zone recording poor pasture condition.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

15 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • January remained generally dry across all livelihood zones with no off-season showers that are normally expected.

  • The lack of rainfall led to deterioration in vegetation conditions with the 3-month Vegetation Condition Index registering noteworthy declines. Declines were also noted in pastures especially in the Agro-pastoral livelihood zone.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

15 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicator

The County is currently experiencing severe vegetation deficit.

Rainfall:

  • The county has mainly remained dry in this month. However average of 1.5 mm of rain were received in the delta region.

15 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Drought Phase: Normal-Worsening

Biophysical Indicators

  • The biophysical indicators show negative fluctuations below the expected seasonal ranges.

  • Below average rainfall was received in the month of January 2018.

  • The January Vegetation Condition Index values for Baringo County are still above normal ranges but on deteriorating trend.

  • The Water level in water pans are below normal at 4(70%-35%)

15 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The month of January was characterised by interval of Sunny, dry and hot weather. No actual rainfall was recorded in the county during that month. However, the atmospheric precipitation for the 1st,2nd and 3rd dekad of January was below the long term average.

  • There was a moderate deficit in vegetation cover during the month of January which decreased from that of the previous month.