Lamu County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for February 2021

Situation Report
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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

• The County received below average off seasonal rainfall during the Month of February.

• The vegetation condition Index (VCI-3Month) showed decrease of 23 percent when compared to previous month.

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

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

Socio Economic Indicators

Production indicators

• All livestock species exhibited poor to fair body condition.

• Crops farmers are at Land preparation.

• Milk production slightly increased and above the LTA compared to previous month of January.

Access indicators

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

• Water access for both human and livestock was fair depending on the water sources in the zone.

• Milk consumption increased and lower than the long term Average.

Utilization indicators

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

• The average coping strategy increased when compared to previous month of January.