Lamu County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for May 2021

Situation Report
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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The County received below average rainfall during the Month of May.

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

  • The VCI indicated normal vegetation greenness. The overall drought phase in the county was at Normal according to VCI but Alert according to the situation on the ground.

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

Socio Economic Indicators

Production indicators

  • All livestock species exhibited fair to poor body condition.

  • Crops farmers are at Land preparation and Germination.

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

Access indicators

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

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

  • Milk consumption was stable and lower than the long-term Average.
    Utilization indicators

  • The proportion of children at risk of malnutrition currently stable and above average when compared to normal ranges.

  • The average coping strategy decreased when compared to previous month of April.