Marsabit County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for July 2017

from Government of Kenya
Published on 31 Jul 2017 View Original

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Rainfall: Generally the County didn’t receive rainfall in the month under review.
  • Vegetation condition: Vegetation condition index gradually improved from 19.05 depicted in June to 26.66 in July hence departure from the severe to moderate vegetation deficit band. Pasture condition is fair in Agro-pastoral livelihood zone whereas poor in Pastoral livelihood zone.
    Browse condition is good-fair and fair in Agro-pastoral and Pastoral livelihood zones respectively.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  • Production indicators: Across all livelihood zones body condition of all livestock species have deteriorated and range from poor to fair for cattle and sheep/goats and good for camels. Milk production per household per day was 1.6Litres against the normal 1.9 Litres. Migration of livestock was generally unusual and intense in Saku and Moyale. Dismal harvest of maize and beans were noted in Saku and Moyale subcounties.
    No cases of livestock deaths attributed to drought reported however cases of CBPP, PPR and diarrhoea were reported.
  • Access indicators: Household water distances slightly increased and are within the normal ranges. Terms of trade was unfavourable across the livelihood zones. No notable improvement in milk production at household level. Market prices are at an all-time low when compared to normal seasons.
  • Utilization indicators: Children rated at risk of malnutrition improved to 16.8. Food consumption score relatively remained stable whereas coping strategies declined and were less frequent across the livelihood zones.