Samburu County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for August 2017


Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Enhanced and sporadic rainfall which cumulated to 8.2 mm, 4.8 mm and 12.7 mm in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd dekads respectively which was fair but unevenly distributed.

  • Rangeland cover for the county slightly deteriorated from 29.92 in July to 28 as measured by vegetation condition index (VCI).

  • In agro pastoral, surface and underground water sources recharged half full while remained partially dry in pastoral livelihood.

Socio economic indicators details

  • In migration of livestock from Marsabit and inter migration from Samburu East to Suiyan, Kawop, Ngorishe and Marti plain in Samburu North was witnessed. In migration from Laikipia to Suguta and its environs also observed.

  • Both livestock and household trekking distances increased.

  • Milk production and consumption increased compared to previous month but remained below LTA.

  • Browsers and sheep body condition was good to fair while for cattle, it ranged between fair to poor which contributed to low prices for all species.

  • Market prices for Posho (milled maize) reduced to Ksh 55 down from Ksh 65 in July.

  • Current term of Trade (TOT) was 39 kg of cereals obtained from the income from sale of one goat.

  • Proportion of children under-five years at risk of malnutrition decreased from 23.9 percent to 22.3 percent recorded last month.