Lamu County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for December 2019


Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The County received some rainfall during the Month under review.

  • The vegetation condition Index (VCI-3Month) was showing an increase of 10percent compared to previous month.

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

  • Forage condition was good across all livelihoods zones during the month.

Socio Economic Indicators

Production indicators

  • All livestock species exhibited good body condition.

  • Crops were at harvesting stage in all livelihood zones.

  • Milk production decreased and is below the LTA compared to previous month of November.

Access indicators

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

  • Water access for both human and livestock was good and decreased in all the livelihood zones.

  • Milk consumption reduced and is higher than the long term Average.

Utilization indicators

  • The proportion of children at risk of malnutrition cases decreased and above the normal range as indicated by percent of mid upper arm Circumference (MUAC).

  • The average coping strategy insignificant decreased compared to previous month.