Lamu County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for April 2019


Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The County received below average seasonal rainfall during the Month under review.

  • The vegetation condition Index (VCI-3Month) was showing a increase of two percent compared to previous month.

  • The VCI indicated normal vegetation greenness. However the overall drought phase in the county was at Alert in April.

  • Forage condition was fair to poor across all livelihoods zones.

Socio Economic Indicators

Production indicators

 All livestock species exhibited fair to poor body condition.

  • Crop farmers were at land preparation stage in all livelihood zones.

  • Milk production decreased when compared to previous month of March.

Access indicators

  • Terms of trade were favorable to crop farmers compared to livestock farmers in mixed and pastoral livelihood zones respectively.

  • Water access for both human and livestock was fair to poor in all livelihood zones.

  • Milk consumption remained stable and is lower than the long term Average.

Utilization indicators

  • The proportion of children at risk of malnutrition cases increased and above the normal range as indicated by percent of total whose mid upper arm Circumference (MUAC) was measured during the month

  • There was insignificant reduction in coping strategy during the Month when compared to previous month of March.