Baringo County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for January 2017

Situation Report
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Biophysical Indicators

  • The biophysical indicators show unusual fluctuations outside the expected seasonal range.
  • 3mm of rainfall received within the month of January.
  • The vegetation condition index VCI-3month for the County is below normal ranges in East Pokot, Eldamaravin, and Baringo south, Baringo North and Mogotio. This is attributed to ongoing drought.
  • Water in the pans are below normal (25%-30%).

Production Indicators

  • The forage condition is poor in both quality and quantity. Most Livestock are currently accessing pasture and browse at their dry season grazing zones.
  • Livestock body condition is poor in all livelihood zones.
  • Milk production is below normal ranges but projected to reduce further in the next one month due to reducing quality of forage.
  • Over 1500 Livestock deaths reported in Pastoral and AgroPastoral Livelihood zones.

Access Indicators

  • Terms of trade are below normal range and unfavourable to pastoral livelihoods but on a reducing trend.
  • Distances to water sources for households are increasing drastically and currently above normal.

Utilization Indicators

  • Number of kids at risk of malnutrition is 18% above normal.
  • Occurrence of waterborne/water related diseases is above normal, water contamination reported in Tiaty, Baringo North.