Kenya

Marsabit District: Drought Monthly Bulletin, April 2007

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Situation Overview

- During the month under review, there was observed sporty and spatial rainfall distribution that has resulted to poor rains in the district. However, below normal rain gauges were recorded in most hilly parts of the district which include Mt Marsabit, Mathew ranges and Hurri hills and its environs while lowland parts have inadequate amounts.

- Livestock marketing has negatively decreased in terms of price rates compared to previous month.

- Cereal prices (Maize and Posho) fairly reduced by an average of Kshs 2.00 compared to previous month.

- Pastoralist term of trade was favorable in terms of livestock price rates compared to this time of the mean averages. Livestock sales rates have fairly increased by 21% compared to this time of the year.

- Food stability has positively improved in Central, Gadhamoji divisions and parts of Maikona division while tangible food insecurity is felt in Loiyangalani division which has resulted mild body condition among both adults and children. North Horr, Maikona and Laisamis divisions remained fairly affected.

- Availability of water for both domestic and livestock use were positively recorded in most lowland parts while hilly parts of Marsabit and Hurri Hills observed water shortages as result of delayed long rains. Generally, there is no tangible water stress felt as relieved by prevailing long rains.

- The At Risk Malnutrition (ARM) status of children below five years currently shows an increase from 9% on the previous month to 16%. High ARM are recorded at Loiyangalani division with 29.3%, seconded by Central division with 20.4% and North horr and Maikona divisions remained with the least of 6.15%. Increasing at risk malnutrition is attributed by food scarcity in the areas. Generally malnutrition rates are expected to increase further with depletion of supplementary feedings from both EMOP, GOK, other relieves and milk yields.