Embu (Mbeere) County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for July 2019


Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The County received an average off seasonal rainfall during the Month under review.

  • According to VAM, the vegetation condition Index (VCI3Month) was showing improvement when compared to previous month.

  • Forage condition was good to fair across all livelihood’s zones during the month, however, the pasture is depleting due to influx.

Socio Economic Indicators

Production indicators

  • livestock species exhibited fair to good body condition.

  • Maize crop is at different stages in all livelihood zones, however, their few farmers harvesting green maize.

  • Milk production decreased and is below the LTA compared to previous month of June.

Access indicators

  • Terms of trade were favorable to livestock herds than crop farmers in mixed and pastoral livelihood zones respectively.

  • Water access for both human and livestock was good to fair in all the livelihood zones except in Fishing and Agro-pastoral zones.

  • Milk consumption is lower than the long-term Average.

Utilization indicators

  • The proportion of children at risk of malnutrition cases increased and above the normal range as indicated by percent of mid upper arm Circumference (MUAC).

  • The average coping strategy stable compared to previous month