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22 Sep 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Although the pastoral northeast (Garissa, Wajir, Mandera and parts of Tana River counties) and pastoral north-west (Mainly Turkana, West Pokot and Marsabit) are generally classified as Stressed under the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), there are about 700,000 people here in the Crisis phase of food insecurity. After two to three poor seasons, these households have not fully recovered. Most of them lost productive assets during last year’s drought and face considerable food gaps.

07 Sep 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Biophysical Indicators
- The month of July was characterised by intervals of calm, cloudy and sunny weather condition with selective parts of the county receiving some showers of rainfall.
- No actual rainfall was recorded in all the rain gauge stations however, water level in rivers remained normal compared to the long term average. Vegetation cover across the County was normal with a reducing trend compared to the previous month.

07 Sep 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Biophysical Indicators
- The month of July was largely dry with the exception of light rains around the Nyambene ranges and occasional morning drizzles in most rain-fed cropping and mixed farming livelihood zones.
- Natural vegetation is in good conditions in all livelihood zones. Forage was above average similar to the month of June.

07 Sep 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Biophysical Indicators
- Rainfall: No rainfall was received across the livelihood zones in the month under review with exception of Marsabit Mountain and Moyale which received 7.4mm and 10.1mm respectively.
- Vegetation condition: 3-months Vegetation Condition Index for the month of July was 91.42 which falls under the above normal vegetation greenness strap. Forage condition is good across the livelihood zones.

07 Sep 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Rainfall
- In the month of July, heavy to shallow rainfall spanning 0-7 days was recorded across Laikipia. The rainfall was generally poorly distributed in terms of time and space.

Vegetation Condition
- The Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) is above the normal range for the period, indicating a good state of pasture and browse condition across most areas.
- The available pasture and browse is expected to last for at the least 2-3 months.

07 Sep 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Biophysical Indicators
- No rainfall was received in July and this is normal.
- The vegetation condition was good and above the normal range.

Production Indicators
- Crops at the farms were in fair condition and harvesting of the same was on-going.
- Livestock body condition ranged from good to fair for all the species with no abnormal cases of migration, diseases or death reported.
- Milk production was below normal.

07 Sep 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Biophysical Indicators (Environmental indicators)
- Below normal rains were recorded during the month under review.
- The state of water sources was normal at this time of the year.
- The 3-month Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) in July recorded above normal vegetation greenness as compared to the long term mean at this time of the year.

07 Sep 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Biophysical Indicators
- Both surface and underground water sources are still holding water due to above normal March – May rainfall. However reduction is expected to start in the next one month.
- Vegetation greenness was above the long term mean; pasture was good and is likely to remain so for the next two months.

01 Sep 2018 description

Previous drought and recent conflict maintain Crisis outcomes in the south

18 Aug 2018 description

Key Messages

  • Since mid-July, persistent and well above-average seasonal rains in Sudan caused significant levels of flooding. According to reports, over 45,000 people have been affected in West Kordofan, Kassala, El Gezira, Sennar, and Northern states. Meanwhile, large areas of western Ethiopia, southeastern South Sudan, and northern Uganda have experienced significant rainfall deficits for the past month, resulting in soil and crop moisture stress.

02 Aug 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Water is adequately available. Both surface and underground water sources were adequately recharged during the long rains season.

  • The vegetation greenness was above the long term average for the month of June.

Production Indicators

  • Livestock body condition was good and stable for all species; they are fat with smooth appearance.

02 Aug 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The average amount of rainfall received in the month of June was normal compared to the long term average.

  • The water recharge level in rivers was normal compared to the long term average. Vegetation cover across the County was normal with an improving trend compared to the long term average due to high rainfall amount in the previous 3 months.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

01 Aug 2018 description

Harvests in bimodal areas support food access, despite ongoing lean season in Karamoja

Key Messages

25 Jul 2018 description

Available harvests, low staple prices, and increased milk production improving food security

Key Messages

19 Jul 2018 description

Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security Project / Esther Ngumbi

This post was co-authored with Esther Ngumbi.

12 Jul 2018 description

OVERVIEW

  • Many countries across the African continent face recurrent complex emergencies, frequent food insecurity, cyclical drought, and sudden-onset disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, and storms. In FY 2017, USAID/OFDA continued to respond to urgent needs resulting from disasters and support DRR programs that improve emergency preparedness and response capacity at local, national, and regional levels.

12 Jul 2018 description

Food security improves significantly in southeastern areas, but continued assistance is needed

KEY MESSAGES

07 Jul 2018 description

Above-average rainfall received in the north, with increasing risk of early season floods

KEY MESSAGES

06 Jul 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UN records at least seven aid worker deaths since January

  • ICRC delivers humanitarian assistance in Leer for the first time since early April

  • USAID/FFP partner WFP reaches 2.6 million people with emergency food assistance in May

KEY DEVELOPMENTS