Isiolo County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for September 2019

Situation Report
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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The month of September was characterized by hot weather conditions during the day. There were strong winds.

  • The 3-month Vegetation Condition was stable, sliding back into moderate vegetation condition band.

  • Condition as well as availability of pasture and browse ranged from poor to very poor and on a deteriorating trend.

  • Water availability in all sources ranged from fair to poor and on a deteriorating trend in the pastoral and agro-pastoral livelihood zones.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production Indicators

  • Body condition of small stock and cattle was ranged from fair to very poor in all livelihood zones. Few cattle and sheep deaths occurred in the pastoral livelihood zone.

  • Milk production was poor and on a declining trend in the agropastoral and pastoral livelihood zone.

Access Indicators

  • Livestock prices stabilized while food prices increased over the period under review.

  • Household milk consumption was poor over the period under review due to poor production.

Utilization Indicators

  • Proportion of households that were unable to adequately meet their daily nutritional needs increased considerably.

  • Malnutrition levels among children under five year’s worsened significantly over period under review.