Organisation’s plea as drought hits Turkana Pastoralists hard

The drought situation in Turkana is getting worse. The latest situation report by the Government show deterioration in the condition of vegetation in the Pastoral and Fisheries livelihood zones.

Further, the weather outlook for November points to the likelihood of maximum temperatures oscillating at 360 C and therefore minimal recovery likely to be witnessed.

Daniel Erot, the programme lead at the Pragmatic Social Action, an NGO operating in Turkana providing life-saving interventions with the support from donors said the water situation in the county, whose majority residents are livestock keepers was getting bad. “On behalf of the pastoralist residents, and the elderly, I appeal for support of whatever kind to help reach the needy,” he said.

The call for support by the senior Pragmatic Social Action officials is urgent. The latest figures from the government show that more than 2.4 million Kenyans are finding it hard to feed themselves in the country’s 10 worst drought-hit northern and southeastern counties including the Turkana, Busia, Taita Taveta Counties.

According to the Situation Report, the water is show as declining and inadequate especially in sites not well served with boreholes. In addition, most open water sources were below 25 percent capacity in October.

Milk production from famished goats and camels has significantly declined. This has affected the consumption level declined and was outside the seasonal range.

According to Jacton Akoyo, Climate resilient community programme officer at the PSA, the organiastion is looking into how it can mobilise resources to undertake livestock offtake so that livestock keepers could sell their animals at this depressing time but have the money in readiness for restocking when the rains come. “We are engaging with various supporters including donors to help us reach out to as many residents in each of the sub-Counties,” he said.

Notably, households were applying more severe coping strategies in October across all the livelihood zones.

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