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Samburu County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for February 2016

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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • A slight deterioration was noted in vegetation condition cover for the entire county compared to last month as measured by Vegetation Condition Index (VCI). The current situation remained above the normal range at this time of the year.

  • Samburu East recorded the lowest VCI of 47.47 althoughremained with the normal range.

  • Ground and surface water sources have started to decline.

    Socio economic indicators details

  • Normal seasonal migrationsof cattlewere reported across the livelihoodswhich is normal at this time of the year.

  • Milk production increased as compared to last month but still remained below the long term value.

  • No deaths were reported as a result of drought; however few deaths were reported due to diseases and predation.

  • Body conditions for grazers were fair to good while browsers had good body condition.

  • Terms of Trade (ToT) stabilised at 0.56 kg of meat in exchange for a kilo of cereals though it was above normal range.

  • The prevalence of sampled children at risk of malnutrition remained similar to last month and was below the long term range.

  • Current CSI slightly increased to 2.8 compared to 2.6 noted in the last month an indication of more coping strategies being adopted at households.