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Kilifi County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for October 2017

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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