Baringo County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for October 2016


Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Drought Phase: NORMAL

Biophysical Indicators

  • The biophysical indicators show no much unusual fluctuations from the expected seasonal range.

o Below normal rainfall of 53.00 mm received within the month of October which is below average at this time of the year.
o The vegetation condition index VCI-3month for the County is above normal ranges. This is attributed to off season light showers received in better part of July-August.
o Water in the pans is within normal ranges (70%-50%)

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators

  • Most Livestock are still accessing pasture and browse at their traditional grazing zones but Pastoral livelihood is reducing in both quality and quantity. Minimal migration reported in pastoral livelihood zones.

  • Livestock body condition is fair in all livelihood zones.

  • Milk production is within normal ranges but projected to reduce in the next one month due to reducing quality of pasture and browse which might lead to migrations.

Access indicators

  • Terms of trade are still within normal range and favourable to pastoral livelihoods.

  • Distances to water sources for households are within normal ranges

Utilization indicators

  • MUAC is at 11.8% this is below the threshold point of 15%. A slight increase compared to that of last month.

  • Occurrence of waterborne/water related diseases is within normal, water contamination reported in Baringo South.