Kenya

Narok District: Drought Monthly Bulletin, November 2006

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Situation overview

There were moderate rains of good distribution during the review period

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

Birth rates among the large and the smaller stock has slightly increased though far below normal

Food security situation has remained stable amongst the mixed farming, trade and leasing pastoral households but has remained low among the pastoral and agro pastoral communities.

Pasture and browse condition was poor both in quality and quantity except for some pockets of relatively good pasture in form of standing hay, mainly in tsetse and tick infested areas in Loita and Mara divisions.

Water situation improved throughout the district during the review period both for domestic and livestock use

Land preparation activities in the mixed farming and agro pastoral areas was ongoing while the upper zones of the district are still harvesting barley and wheat

The migrating herders have started moving back to their residential areas following the rains

There were no major human diseases reported during the review period

The percentage of children under five undernourished has remained within the previous months ranges

Recommendations

1. More water storage dams and other water harvesting facilities should be developed in the district as preparedness measure

Action: D.W.O (Lead), D.M.O & Civil Society Organization

2. Pastoral communities should be encouraged to upgrade their livestock breeds to maximize on their productivity, and pasture and water management skills imparted.

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

3. Promotion of Eco-tourism Activities among the local communities to enhance their income sources and ease on human wildlife conflict

Action: K.W.S (Lead), D.D.O, D.F.O, N.E.M.A, C.S.Os

1. ENVIRONMENTAL INDICATORS

1.1 Rainfall

There were moderate rains of relatively good distribution received during the last two weeks of the review period

The short rains are relatively heavier and of fairly good distribution than usual

1.2 Vegetation cover (pasture and browse)

Pasture and browse condition have improved both in quality and quantity following the ongoing short rains

1.3 Water sources

1.3.1 Use of water sources

Water situation in the district have significantly improved compared to the previous month with the percentages of households using various sources going back to normal

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 27 42 19 8 4
% 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 decreased significantly as compared to the last months' ranges, on average at the ranges of 2-8 Km compared to 5-14Km last month

The situation is likely to get better if the ongoing short rains which are relatively heavier than usual continued.

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
8
5
8
8
6
Normal Kms to the source
4
5
5
8
2

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