West Pokot County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for January 2016
Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification
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.