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Narok County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for October 2017

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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification  

Biophysical Indicators   

 Rainfall:  

 Heavy downpour was experienced in the second dekad and Third dekad in the Mixed farming zone and Agro-pastoral livelihood zone with some areas in the Pastoral livelihood zones receiving few showers during the month.   

 Vegetation condition: The 3 month vegetation condition index (VCI) for the County is 46.02, depicting normal vegetation greenness.   

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)   

Production indicators:   

 Planting of wheat and maize was recorded in Oloolulunga in Narok south, Suswa and Ntulele in Narok East and Mau region in Narok North sub counties with some regions doing land preparation.   

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

 Reduced milk production and less than long term average still being experienced.   

 Fair Pasture situation in Pastoral and a few areas in the Agropastoral livelihood zone.   

Access indicators:  

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

 Milk consumption ranged from fair to poor.

 Water access for both human and livestock is poor to fair  

Utilization Indicators:  

 The percent of Mid Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) showing children at risk of malnutrition was 10.94, higher than the long term average of 8.5.