Garissa County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for April 2021


Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

▪ The county received an average of 25.1mm of rainfall compared to 32.2mm long term average.

▪ The 3-month VCI was 29.29 indicating moderate vegetation deficit and was below the long term average for the month.

• Pasture condition was fair to poor across all livelihood zones

• Both household distances and livestock trekking distances to water sources increased and were above the long term average.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

• Livestock body condition of cattle was fair to poor while that of sheep, goats and camels was fair to good.

• Average milk production was 2.0 litres against the long term average of 2.6 litres.

• Milk consumption was at an average of 1.3 litres against the long term average amount of 2.3 litres

• Market prices for all livestock species remained within the normal ranges.

• The terms of trade were 37.9 against the long term average of 49.0

• The mean coping strategy index (CSI) was 10.3 for the month

• Proportion of children below five years at risk of malnutrition was 6.8 percent against the long-term mean of 13.6 percent

• The mean food consumption score was 42.1 compared to longterm average of 44.2