Kenya

Narok District: Drought Monthly Bulletin, December 2006

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Situation overview

The month in review was wet throughout with heavy rains pounding all the divisions

Livestock body condition is good and is likely to improve further following the rains

Except for worms and a few cases of three days sickness, ECF and CBPP there were no major livestock diseases reported in the district during the review period

Foot rot among the smaller stock has also been reported in Loita, Mara, Osupuko and Central divisions

Calving and lambing was reported to have improved in the district however the rate is still below normal due to a decrease of the breeding stock during the drought.

Food security situation has improved in all the divisions following the improved milk production

Pasture and browse condition is good both in quality and quantity throughout the district following the rains.

Water situation in the district was good with a lot of water compounded in the dams and catchment pools

Land preparation for planting is ongoing with a lot of difficulty following the heavy rains

There were no major human diseases reported during the review period

The percentage of children under five undernourished has gone down with the improved availability of milk for the young.

Recommendations

1. The department of livestock should be facilitated and supported to undertake a deworming campaign in all the divisions following the increase in worms among the small and lager stock as reported by a majority farmers.

Action: D.V.O (Lead), D.L.P.O

2. The department of roads and public works should be tasked to undertake rehabilitation of rural access roads and rehabilitation of bridges and crossing drifts that have been damaged by the rains

Action: D.W.O (Roads - Lead), C.D.F, Civil Society Organization

3. Continued advocacy on proper farming practices including promotion of quick maturing crops and utilization of traditional crops should be supported especially among the relatively food insecure agro pastoral communities.

Action: D.A.O (Lead), D.L.P.O, D.M.O & Civil Society Organization

4. Water harvesting facilities in the district should be developed and well distributed in the drought prone areas to tap on the rains currently pounding several parts of the district

Action: D.W.O (Water-Lead), D.D.O, D.M.O, N.E.M.A & Civil Society Organizations

1. ENVIRONMENTAL INDICATORS

1.1 Rainfall

There were heavy rains of good distribution in all the divisions during the review period

1.2  Vegetation cover (pasture and browse)

Pasture and browse condition have continued to improve remarkably both in quality and quantity following the rains

1.3 Water sources

1.3.1 Use of water sources

Water situation in the district has improved significantly and is about normal both for livestock and domestic use following the rains which compounded a lot of water in the dams/pans and catchment pools

The table below indicates water sources and percentage of households using them, compared to a normal situation.

Water source
1
2
3
4
Others
% Of h/holds depending on the source
25
50
15
8
2
% Of h/holds normally depending on source
25
50
15
8
2

1. Traditional water wells
2. Catchment pools/dams
3. Constructed shallow wells/functional
4. Boreholes (functional)  

1.3.2 Average distances (kms) to water sources

The average distances travelled to and from water sources have narrowed back to normal following the heavy rains received during the review period

This is impacting positively to the household food security as it saves more time and energy for the women and children

The table below indicates average distances to water sources compared to normal situation

Water sources
1
2
3
4
Others
Average Kms to the source
4
5
5
8
2
Normal Kms to the source
4
5
5
8
2

1. Traditional water wells
2. Catchment pools/dams
3. Constructed shallow wells/functional
4. Boreholes (functional)