West Pokot County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for October 2017


Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Enhanced rainfall with a temporal distribution of 17-19 days for highlands and 10-12 days for the lowlands was received over the month under analysis. Cumulative rainfall received during the 6-month period (May-Oct 2017) represents 108% of the total rainfall received normally for the period.

  • Vegetation condition improved further as evidenced by the shift in VCI-3month for the county from 53 recorded previously to 65. Above normal vegetation greenness was observed in all sub counties. Equally, forage condition was very good across all livelihood zones.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  • Body condition of all livestock species is good and improving. Distance to water sources reduced and is within the normal range for the month. Milk production and consumption remained stable and restricted to the normal range.

  • Significant improvement was witnessed on terms of trade and no migration took place in October.

  • Coping strategy index reduced slightly to 8.3 with a paltry 7.3% of households falling under the poor FCS category. Proportion of children ‘at risk’ of malnutrition remained stable at 4.0% and strongly within the normal range for the month under review.