Kenya

Narok County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for February 2014

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Situation overview

  • The overall early warning stage of the district is ALERT, with an improving trend. Rains improved and led to better water and pasture availability.

  • A total of 27 mm of rainfall was received in the district during the month, more than 23 mm of the previous month. The rainfall though still light and erratic and had some good impact on pasture and browse.

  • The quality and quantity of pasture/browse was low but on upward trend. Available pasture is approximated to last two months if the trend continues.

  • Water quality and quantity increased as the volumes went up and the number of sources increased. Main sources of water were Rivers, Wells, Pans/Dams and a few boreholes.

  • Distances to water points for both livestock and domestic use decreased compared to the previous month.

  • Livestock body condition was fair in most livelihoods. The situation is expected to continue improving.

  • Herds had returned to their origins from where they had gone in search of water and pasture, especially in pastoral zones.

  • Milk production decreased as a result of FMD outbreak. Most of the production was being reserved for the young and the old. On average 90% of production was consumed at the household level. The trend is upward as pasture and water availability improves.

  • The impacts of low yields to maize, beans and wheat production are being felt as their prices have gone much higher at the markets. This impacted negatively to food security in the area.

  • The average price for cattle was Kshs 15,800, a decrease from Kshs 16,000 of the previous month, and attributed to the current high supply at the market in order to buy cereals, pay school fees and buy farm inputs in preparations for the long rains. Across all livelihoods, goat prices decreased slightly to Kshs 2,800, from Kshs. 3,300 of the previous month. They were sold mainly to buy other food stuffs and compliment school fees.

  • Maize prices increased to an average of Kshs. 60.00 per kg, from Kshs 58.00, whereas one kg of beans decreased to Kshs. 126.00 from Kshs. 128 during the previous month. The increase in maize price is attributed to maize scarcity following the low harvest realized during the harvest period.

  • There were no major incidences of human diseases reported during the month.

  • The proportion of children at risk of malnutrition remained went down to 11.2%, from the previous month (11.4%). This is because the available milk at the household level was reserved for children and aged, the reduced movements also gave mothers opportunity to supplement other food stuffs like yams, potatoes.