A number of ASAL counties continued experiencing some level of stress in October following the prolonged drought situation characterized by successive poor seasons. However, the onset of the October-November-December (OND) 2017 short rains impacted positively on livestock and crop production in some ASAL areas and consequently the food security situation is expected to improve as the season progresses.
Counties that have continued to experience severe drought conditions in October include: Garissa, Isiolo, Marsabit, Kajiado, Tana River, Kilifi, Makueni, Wajir, Kitui, Mandera and Taita Taveta. In these areas pasture and water scarcity still persists, milk production and livestock prices are well below normal, maize prices have maintained their above normal and increasing trend and terms of trade for pastoralists remain unfavourable.
On the other hand counties such: Narok, Turkana, West Pokot, Embu (Mbeere), Laikipia, Meru (Meru North), Nyeri (Kieni), Samburu, Tharaka Nithi (Tharaka), Baringo, Kwale and Lamuare in the normal drought phase or are experiencing moderate drought condition.