Isiolo County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for March 2021

Situation Report
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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

▪ The month was characterized by hot sunny weather. Only Isiolo central experienced an insignificant few days of shower.
▪ Vegetation condition remained at moderate vegetation deficit.
▪ A great proportion of accessible forage was poor triggering migration to dry season grazing reserves though insecure.
▪ Water availability was fair due to low recharge levels and worsened by increasing distances to forage.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production Indicators
▪ Majority of animals’ body condition especially goats, sheep and cattle was fair and deteriorating in all livelihood zones.
▪ Household milk production was low and expected to deteriorate further in all livelihood zones.

Access Indicators
▪ Livestock prices reduced slightly in all markets as body condition and demand was relatively poor compared to February. 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 malnourished increased marginally.