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Laikipia County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for October 2021

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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification
Biophysical Indicators

Rainfall:
 Onset: the expected OND rains onset has delayed.
 Performance: the County received on average 3 to 5 days of rainfall across the Pastoral, MMF and MF zones, with majority of the days being characterised by moderate to light rainfall.
The temporal and spatial distribution of the rains was fair to poor across the County.

Vegetation Condition:
 The Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) was within the normal range for the period, indicating a fair state of vegetation. However, field observations indicate a poor state of pasture in the Pastoral and some MMF zones.
 The available pasture and browse can last for less than a month to two months, depending on the area.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production Indicators:
 There were reported cases of livestock migration within Laikipia County and from neighbouring Counties of Baringo, Isiolo and Samburu to Mt. Kenya, neighbouring ranches and farmlands, in some cases resulting in conflict.
 The body condition of animals was below the normal range for the period.

Access indicators:
 The terms of trade were below the long term average.
 The return distance from water sources to grazing areas was outside the normal range.

Utilization indicators:
 Within the normal range.