The Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) communicates the vigour of vegetation cover, comparing it with the range of values for the same period in previous years. It does not measure the biomass of pasture but is a relative measurement that compares the greenness recorded in a specific area (in this case a sub-county) for a particular month with the historical greenness for the same month and geographical area to highlight any anomaly from a normal situation.
Most ASAL counties are experiencing some degree of drought stress as the dry season draws to a close. Areas in the south-east and the coast are the most affected since they received below-average rainfall during the long rains season.
The Government is closely monitoring the drought situation in the country, which has left 1.3 million people in need of relief food. Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri said both National and County Governments have put in place interventions to ensure that no Kenyan suffers the ravages of drought.