West Pokot: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for May 2021

Situation Report
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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

 Adequate rainfall was received in the month of May. The temporal distribution was fair and spatial distribution was even across the livelihood zones.

 The vegetation cover index is still at normal range, with an improving trend across the livelihoods as indicated by the Vegetation Condition Index as that reported in the previous month. All Sub-counties recorded normal vegetation conditions. Forage condition was good with improving trend.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

 Both milk production and consumption at household level slightly increased and at par with long term average.

 The livestock body condition was fair, with an improving trend across the County for all species. Distance to water sources slightly decreased across the County.

 The County’s terms of trade favourable with an improving trend in all livelihood zones.

 Majority of the households fell within the Acceptable Food Consumption Score as the Coping Strategy Index decreased across livelihood zones. There were no notable variations in livelihood coping strategies employed between livelihoods.