West Pokot County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for February 2016


Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • No rainfall was received across all livelihood zones during the month under review.

  • Vegetation deteriorated significantly as evidenced by the shift in Vegetation condition index (VCI-3month) from 78.41 in January to 65.05 in February

  • Most of the surface water sources in the Pastoral/Agro Pastoral zone dried up with very few slightly less than 25 percent capacity. The water is projected to last for less than a month in these zones.
    Socio-Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  • No livestock deaths attributed to drought were reported but milk production level continues to be low with consumption highly affected negatively.

  • Household and livestock distance to water sources increased further but remained within the normal range. Over 50% of herd moved outside the county.

  • Terms of trade dipped further with livestock (cattle) exhibiting a fair to poor body condition.

  • Proportion of children ‘at risk’ of malnutrition was on the rise and fell outside the normal range for February with the CSI going up too.