Baringo County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for September 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 45.00 mm received within the month of September 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 JulyAugust.

o Water in the pans is above normal (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 11.5% 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.