Isiolo County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for May 2020


Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

▪ May was characterized by minimal cloud cover and long sunny intervals. There was a minimal rain marking cessation of the long rains season.

▪ The county Vegetation Condition was above normal with deterioration from previous month a signal for poor regeneration during the long rains.

▪ Condition and availability of pasture and browse was good with majority of grass dry as trees and shrubs began shedding leaves.

▪ Water availability was good in all the sources and on declining trend as there was no significant recharge during the long rains.
Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production Indicators

▪ Body condition of camel, small stock and cattle was good in all livelihood zones.

▪ Overall milk production slightly declined in all livelihood zones.

Access Indicators

▪ Livestock prices reduced slightly due to impacts of market interruptions associated with outbreak of COVID-19. Food prices stabilized over the period under review. Vegetable prices stabilized prices due to a steady supply.

▪ Household milk consumption was good but reduced slightly over the period under review due to reduced production.

Utilization Indicators

▪ Proportion of households with acceptable food consumption reduced significantly as those had poor and borderline consumption stabilized.