Isiolo County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for February 2021


Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

▪ The month was characterized by hot sunny weather with Isiolo central and Kinna experiencing off-season showers.

▪ Vegetation condition in a greater proportion of the county remained at moderate vegetation deficit.

▪ A great proportion of accessible forage ranged from fair to poor following poor to no regeneration in pastoral livelihood zones.
Shortage of livestock feed is therefore looming.

▪ Water availability was fair due to low recharge levels and worsened by increasing distances to forage.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production Indicators

▪ Body condition of camel, goats and cattle ranged from good to fair in all livelihood zones and expected to worsen.

▪ Household milk production was low and expected to deteriorate further in all livelihood zones.

Access Indicators

▪ Livestock prices stabilized in all markets as supply reduced compared to January. Food commodities prices stabilized.

▪ Household milk consumption was low given the reducing production.

Utilization Indicators

▪ Proportion of households with poor and borderline food consumption increased slightly.

▪ Proportion of children who were moderately and severely malnourished increased marginally.