Kenya

West Pokot County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for November 2017

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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The county experienced rainfall during the first and second dekad of the month with a temporal distribution of 6-8 days in the lowlands and 10-13 days over the highlands. Based on a fourteen year long term average, the cumulative rainfall received over the 6-month period (Jun–Nov 2017) represents 118% of the total rainfall received normally for the same period.

  • Continued improvement in the condition of vegetation was observed as manifested by the upward fluctuation in VCI-3month from 65 previously to 72.84 for the entire county. Forage condition was good with above normal vegetation greenness being witnessed across the two livelihood zones.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  • Currently the body condition of all livestock species is good and improving. Household access distance to water source reduced marginally and remains within the normal range for the month.
    Improvement in milk production and consumption was recorded with both exceeding the normal range albeit slightly.

  • Terms of trade shifted upwards by eight units and there was no migration reported during the month under review.

  • The CSI for the month dropped to 7.5 with majority of households falling under the acceptable FCS class. Proportion of children ‘at risk’ of malnutrition remained stable at 3.9% and within the normal range for the month of November.