Kilifi County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for January 2017

Situation Report
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Biophysical Indicators (Environmental indicators)

  • On average the county received minimal rains for any significant impact.
  • State of water sources in the county during the month under review was 3 (indicating inadequacy) following poor recharge.
  • On average pasture condition remained poor across livelihood zones.
  • Vegetation condition remained poor with a 3-month VCI of 4.38 (extreme vegetation deficit).

Production Indicators

  • Livestock body condition ranged between score of 2 and 3.
  • Milk production continued decreasing thus the consumption.

Access Indicators

  • Average return distance from water sources was significantly high compared to the long term mean.
  • Average water prices per 20ltr jerry can was significantly high compared to normal following water stress in the county.
  • The terms of trade recorded a slight improvement.

Utilization Indicators

  • The proportion of children at risk of malnutrition was significantly high. Food Consumption Score placed most households at poor state.
  • Coping Strategy Index increased significantly across all livelihood zones.