Kenya

Ijara District: Drought Monthly Bulletin, October 2007

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Situation Overview

- Light, Moderate rainfall was received in all pastoral and agro pastoral livelihood zones. This seasonal rainfall in the first three weeks of the month virtually benefited the entire district.

- The quality and quantity of browse and pasture had improved as a result of the showers .However satellite herds had remained in the Boni forest with no sign of movement northwards.

- Medium and large water pans contained fair quantities of water. Thus no water stress was observed in any of the livelihood zones although quality of water remained extremely poor.

- The average prices of all categories of livestock improved in the entire district .Goats' fetched highest prices in pastoral livelihood followed by agro-pastoralist livelihood zones.

- The livestock body condition and health was rated fair for all categories in both pastoral livelihood and agro-pastoralist livelihood zones.

- The nutritional status of the under fives (5 years) based on the MUAC measurement generally indicated some improvement with the rate for those at risk being recorded at 14 %. This could be as a result of improved health facilities management, unimix distributed during the EMOP exercise as well as the currently prevailing increased milk yields in most parts of district.

- Suspected cases of Lumpy Skin Disease, Helminthiasis, pulpy kidney disease and CCPP were reported in pastoralist livelihood zones of Hulugho, Sangailu and Ijara divisions.

- The availability of milk had increased virtually in all the divisions.

- Generally, the drought situation in the entire district was at alert stage and improving.

DSG/KFSSG RECOMMENDATIONS

- Continue to encourage and support crop farming in the agro-pastoralist zones in order to enhance food security in the district.

- Mobilize communities of both agro-pastoral and all pastoral livelihood zones on the importance of natural resource management and conservation of the same with the view to promote economic diversification of communities in all livelihoods.

- Emop to continue up to December 2007 and curtailed thereafter.