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Kenya: Marsabit County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for March 2019

Source: Government of Kenya Country: Kenya
Drought Situation EW Phase Classification Biophysical Indicators Rainfall: Rains were received in a few pockets of the County in one rainy day of which the amounts received were fair. Vegetation condition: The 3-months Vegetation Condition Index for the month of March was 23.79 which is exhibit no change when compared to the previous months’ vegetation condition index of 23.78. Generally, forage condition was fair-poor across the livelihood zones. Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators) Production indicators: Livestock body condition deteriorated further and was fair-poor for all the livestock species across the livelihood zones with exception of camels that exhibited good-fair body condition. Milk production reduced to 1.2Litres/household/day which was below normal.
Approximately 1750acres of productive land has been cultivated mainly in the agro-pastoral areas of Saku and Moyale sub-counties. Access indicators: Household and livestock trekking distances to water points increased further due to drying up of 93percent of open water sources and overconcentration of livestock at strategic water points. Milk consumption has declined further to 0.75Litres which is below normal. Terms of trade declined nevertheless was favourable due to better goats’ and stable maize prices. Major livestock markets were operational. Utilization indicators: Nutritional status of children below the age of five years was 16.1 percent which was within the acceptable ranges. Food consumption score declined from acceptable to borderline band while but consumption based coping strategies slightly increased but was static at the stressed phase. Morbidity trends were within normal.


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