Kenya

Narok District: Drought Monthly Bulletin, April 2006

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SITUATION OVERVIEW

Environmental indicators

The rainfall amounts for the month of April were normal with good spatial distribution in the district

There was good improvement in pasture availability and quality but below normal compared to a normal year

Water situation remained good. The average distances travelled to and from water sources remained at the previous months ranges of 2-6 Kms

Rural economy indicators

Livestock body condition have continued to improve throughout the district both for the small and larger stock

There were still reports of FMD, CBPP, in areas of Oletukat in central, parts of Mara and Loita divisions.

The volume of livestock offered for sale decreased with no significant improvement on the market prices

There have been no changes in the prices of cereals and legumes

The condition of crops of wheat, maize and beans in the mixed farming livelihood zones of mau, Ololulung'a, Mulot as well as within the agro pastoral and irrigation areas was reported to be good.

Human welfare indicators

Apart from the common cold associated with the change of weather, there were no major human health problems reported during the review period

The malnutrition status of the under fives have continued to improve improved during the review period

Overall trend

Food security situation in the pastoral and agro-pastoral zones of the district has not improved significantly despite the prevailing good rains.

1. ENVIRONMENTAL INDICATORS

1.1 Rainfall

There were normal rains of good spatial distribution in the district during review period.

1.2 Vegetation cover (pasture and browse)

There was good improvement in pasture availability and quality but below normal compared to a normal year

1.3 Water sources

1.3.1 Use of water sources

Water availability and accessibility was good in the district both for livestock and domestic use.

The water sources and the percentage of households relying on them is almost comparing to normal

This is impacting positively to the rural households food security.

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