West Pokot County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for January 2016

Situation Report
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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Rainfall received was poorly distributed both spatially and temporally (only 3 wet days) across the Mixed and Agro pastoral livelihood zones. No rainfall was received in the Pastoral livelihood zone.

  • Vegetation condition showed no significant change from December as evidenced by VCI-3month value of 78.41, the impact of the short rains still being evident.

  • The surface water sources are recharged to 25-50% capacity in the Pastoral and Agro pastoral livelihood zones respectively. The water is projected to last for one month in the Pastoral livelihood zone.

Socio-Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  • No livestock deaths were reported but milk production and consumption continues to lie outside the normal range.

  • Household and livestock distance to water sources were within the normal ranges.

  • Terms of Trade were unfavourable in comparison to December due to a shift in maize price upwards.

  • Coping strategy Index was within the normal range.

  • Proportion of children ‘at risk’ of malnutrition increased when compared to the month of December.