BY Nep Journal
Majority of the household In Wajir County cannot afford essential food commodities, says a report by the national drought management authority. The report classifies food security condition in Wajir County as stressed (phase 2 and Crisis (phase3).
In a 28 page report titled, 2017 Long Rains Food Security Assessment, the Report gives detailed information on the food situation of the county and the source of income for the majority of the inhibitors.
The report says livestock production; small own business including crafts, non-farm production and casual waged-labor are the main sources of income in the county. Significant number of others depends on food crop production especially watermelon, firewood collection, remittance.
The areas that the report classified as crisis (phase 3) include: parts of pastoral all species in Wajir West Sub County and pastoral cattle in Wajir South Sub County. These areas are the most effected parts of the County which experienced depressed rainfall in the current and previous seasons that led to poor pasture, browse and water.
The food consumption scores (FCS) for the northeastern pastoral livelihood cluster was 3.4 percent, 25.5 percent and 71 percent for poor, borderline and acceptable respectively.
High cost of living in the county is another problem to the majority of the resident, the average cost of water per 20 liters jerry can was Ksh. 15-20 compared to normal of 5-10 in Wajir town, in other livelihood zones, the cost of water is Ksh. 5— 15 per 20 liter jerican.