Laikipia County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for January 2018


Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators


  • In January, the County experienced little to no rainfall. The light showers received were poorly distributed in terms of time and space across and in only one livelihood zone - marginal mixed farming.

Vegetation Condition:

  • The Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) is within the normal range for the period, indicating a fair state of pasture and browse condition across most areas.

  • However, there still exists some wards with moderate to severe vegetation deficit. The browse condition was largely fair in all zones.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production Indicators:

  • Livestock migration patterns in the Pastoral and some MMF zones were not normal for the time of the year.

  • Milk production per household was within the normal range at this time of the year.

  • The body condition of animals was within the normal range for the period.

Access indicators:

  • The terms of trade are within the normal range

  • Milk consumption is within the normal range

  • The return distance from water sources to grazing areas is within the normal range.

Utilization indicators:

  • All within the normal range.