Samburu County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for September 2020

Situation Report
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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Vegetation condition was good to fair although remained above normal ranges as measured vegetation condition index.

  • Open surface water sources are drying up in Samburu east and parts of north however remained 50 – 80 percent full in Agro pastoral livelihood zone.

Socio Economic Indicators Details

  • Trekking distances both households and livestock increased although remained below the long-term average.

  • Intra and inter migrations of cattle was observed to dry season grazing areas especially in Pastoral livelihood zone.

  • Stable trends were noticed in both milk production and consumption at household level.

  • Livestock body condition remained good to fair for all livestock species across the livelihood zones.

  • Livestock market prices were stable and significantly above normal during the period under review.

  • Maize/posho selling prices were stable however was above the long-term average during the month of September.

  • Favourable terms of trade continued to be noticed across the livelihood zones.

  • The proportion of sampled children under five years of age worsened as measured by Mid Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC).