Kilifi County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for October 2017


Drought situation and phase classification
Biophysical Indicators (Environmental indicators)

  • The county received very little rains which were poorly distributed in terms of space and time.
  • The water situation in the county remained poor following drying up of strategic water pans.
  • Most areas in the county recorded fair to poor pasture condition and good to fair browse condition.
  • The 3-month vegetation cover index (VCI) was 37.5 indicating a normal vegetation condition.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators

  • Livestock body condition was fair to poor in the ranching livelihood zone with a deteriorating trend while in the other livelihood zones the condition ranged between fair and good.
  • Milk production was within the normal range.
  • In-migration of livestock from Tana River County was reported into Magarini Sub County.
    Access indicators
  • Milk consumption was above normal.
  • Average distances to water sources by households and livestock were high.
  • Food and livestock prices remained high and above long term mean.
  • The Terms of Trade were favorable for the livestock keepers.
    Utilization indicators
  • Households’ food shortages were recorded.
  • Percentage of children under five-years at risk of malnutrition recorded an increase during the month under review