Embu (Mbeere) County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for September 2018

Situation Report
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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Rainfall: minimal amount of rainfall was recorded in both livelihood zones during the month under review. The rains were poorly and unevenly distributed in terms of space and time.

  • Vegetation Condition: The vegetation condition across the livelihood zones remain normal in the current month. Pasture and browse condition range from good to fair across both livelihood zones.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  • Production indicators: households across both livelihood zones continue with land preparation in readiness for the short rains season planting.

  • Livestock body condition for cattle deteriorated slightly due to trekking distances in search of water and pasture. There were no abnormal cases of migration, diseases or death cases reported. The milk production remained stable owing to fodder condition stability.

-Access indicators: Average distance to water sources for both households and livestock slightly increased during the month however the situation remain stable at this time of the year. The Terms of Trade remain above normal and favorable.

  • Utilization Indicators: Milk consumption increased proportionately with the production while the proportion of children under five years at the risk of malnutrition remained stable as compared to the previous month. Due to availability of food stocks, the Coping Strategy Index also remained stable.