Kenya

West Pokot County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for December 2016

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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • No rainfall was received in the lowland areas of the county in December. For instance, Nasukuta rainfall station recorded nil with the cumulative rainfall for the 6-month period (JulyDecember) being 55% of the normal for the same period.

  • The condition of vegetation deteriorated further as evidenced by the decline in VCI-3month for the county from 33.56 in November to 22.87 in December. Pokot north remained worst affected with a VCI-3month of 13.62.

  • The condition of forage was poor across the livelihood zones.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  • The body condition of cattle and sheep is poor whereas that of goats and camels is fair. Distance to water was long.

  • Milk production and consumption at household level is below the normal range. Terms of trade remain low and significantly lie outside the normal range by a huge margin.

  • Unusual livestock migration was witnessed with a number of cattle deaths being reported in Pokot north and central.

  • Food consumption score remains within the borderline band and the proportion of households resorting to coping increased to 78% from 65%. Proportion of children ‘at risk’ of malnutrition rose and fell outside the normal range.