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Kajiado County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for May 2021

Govt. Kenya
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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The March-May rainfall had delayed onset and poor spatial and temporal distributions.

  • Vegetation greenness declined though still above normal and water was fairly available and accessible for both livestock and domestic use.

Production Indicators

  • The rain fed crops condition was fair due to poor rainfall distribution thus suffered moisture stress.

  • Livestock body condition was good with no unusual diseases.

  • Livestock prices reduced though remains above short-term average. Milk production improved but still below the long-term average probably due to low tropical livestock units.

Access indicators

  • The terms of trade was above five-year average while the amount of milk consumed by households increased above five-year average consumption for similar period of the year.

  • Household distances to water sources was slightly longer than long-term averages for similar period of the year.

Utilization Indicators

  • The risk of malnutrition for under-fives was stable below the five-year average for similar month.

  • Households used the normal coping strategies such as selling small stocks to get food or money to buy food.

  • 30.4% household in pastoral livelihood zone fell within the borderline food consumption score.