Garissa County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for August 2021


Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

▪ The county received no rainfall during the month and largely remains dry.

▪ The 3-month VCI was 25.91 indicating moderate vegetation deficits and was below the long term average for the period.subcounties of Daadab and Lagdera are in the severe vegetation deficit category.

• Pasture condition was poor in all livelihood zones with exception of Ijara sub county which had fair pasture condition

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

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

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

• Average milk production was 1.45 litres against the long term average of 2.31 litres.

• Milk consumption was an average of 1.2 litres which was below the long term average amount of 2.16 litres.

• Market prices for all livestock species declined drastically below the normal ranges.

• The terms of trade were 31.2 against the long term average of 48

• The mean coping strategy index (CSI) was 8.98 for the month against a long term average of 11.7