Narok County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for November 2017

Situation Report
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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

 Rainfall:

 Heavy downpour was experienced in the first dekad in the Mixed farming livelihood zone and fewer parts in Agro-pastoral livelihood. A few areas in the pastoral livelihood zone received light showers during the month.

 Vegetation condition:

 The 3 month vegetation condition index (VCI) for the County is 52.49, depicting above normal vegetation greenness although this is mainly in mixed farming livelihood zone.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators:

 Planting of wheat, Beans and maize was recorded in Oloolulung’a in Narok south, Suswa and Ntulele in Narok East and Mau region in Narok North sub counties. Harvesting of Irish Potatoes in Mau areas in Narok North was also recorded this month.

 Livestock body condition is fair to poor in the Pastoral livelihood zone and generally fair to good in the Mixed farming zone and in the Agro-pastoral livelihood zone.

 Improved milk production in the Mixed farming zone but still less than long term average.

 Improved Pasture situation in the mixed farming zone and part of Agropastoral livelihood zone. Siana ward, Mosiro ward bordering Kajiado County and Naroosura wards in the Pastoral livelihood zone have poor pastures.

Access indicators:

 Terms of trade were not favorable in Pastoral livelihood zone and Mixed farming zone.

 Milk consumption was fair in Mixed farming and Agro-pastoral livelihood zones.

 Water access for both human and livestock was fair in the Mixed farming and Agro-pastoral livelihood zones compared to Pastoral livelihood zone which ranged from poor to fair.

Utilization Indicators:

 The percent of Mid Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) showing children at risk of malnutrition was 7.14%, slightly less than the long term average of 8%.