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Kassala Rapid Assessment Report on the impacts of drought - October 2017


The drought monitoring updates in October 2017 from the set of drought indicators that FAO Sudan was monitoring exhibited that the drought situation in Kassala was gradually worsening. Within the state, some localities seemingly are more affected than the others. Therefore, in order to have an in depth understanding about the drought situation in the localities which were comparatively more affected, the rapid assessment was conducted.
The rapid assessment had the following objectives:
• To explore and describe the aspects of drought in the affected localities
• To assess the


As the rapid assessment focuses on exploring and describing the drought phenomenon in the drought affected localities (rather than making statistical inferences), purposive sampling method under non-random sampling approach was adopted in order to select three sample villages from three drought affected localities. In consultation with the local representatives (commissioner of the locality), one drought affected village from each locality was selected for the rapid assessment.
In selected three villages of three localities, Focus Group Discussion tool was used in order to collect information on drought aspects in respective villages and localities. 15 to 20 participants including farmers, livestock owners and community leaders participated in each Focus Group Discussions. Along with FGD, Key Informant Interview tool was also used to have in-depth information on drought aspects in the locality. Water points keepers, school teachers, local leaders and local representatives were selected as the key informants.
The Rapid Assessment Team, formed for conducting the rapid assessments, comprised of FAO M&E officer from Khartoum, Technical Field officer from FAO Kassala, Vet Officer and Natural Resource officer from FSTS Kassala, Range officer from FSTS Kassala, two representatives from Ministry of Agriculture (Agriculture Planning Directorate) and one representative from Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) Kassala.
From 23 October to 25 October 2017, the rapid assessment was carried out in three selected localities by the Rapid Assessment Team.

Assessment Report: 
Assessment Questionnaire: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Data: 
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Woldeselassie Abbute Deboch
Assessment Date(s): 
23 Oct 2017 to 25 Oct 2017
Report completed
Unit(s) of Measurement: 
Collection Method(s): 
Key Informant Interview
Focus group discussion
Population Type(s): 
All affected population
Leading/Coordinating Organization(s): 
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Early Recovery
Early Warning