Kajiado County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for March 2021

Situation Report
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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators
✓ The County received rainfall though it did not qualify as onset. Thus, onset is delayed for this time of the year, expected in first week of April.
✓ Vegetation condition was above normal, water was adequately available and accessible for both livestock and domestic use.

Production Indicators
✓ Livestock body condition was good and they were in their normal grazing fields.
✓ Livestock prices were stable above short-term average. Milk production improved but still below the long-term average probably due to low tropical livestock units.
✓ The yield for maize and beans was near normal, planting was ongoing.

Access indicators
✓ The terms of trade was above five-year average.
✓ The amount of milk consumed by households was same as the good year average for similar period of the year.
✓ Distances to water sources reduced below the long-term averages for similar period of the year.

Utilization Indicators
✓ Proportion of under-five children at risk of malnutrition reduced below the five-year average for the month.
✓ Coping strategy index reduced, households were obtaining food with less difficulty.
✓ Most households (92%) were consuming acceptable diet.