Kilifi County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for September 2019

Situation Report
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Biophysical Indicators (Environmental indicators)

  • The month of September recorded some rains with uneven spatial distribution as areas of Ganze and Magarini sub counties remained extremely dry especially Bamba, Adu and Kayafungo wards.

  • Vegetation condition varied across the county between fair to poor.

  • The state of water sources was below normal at this time of the year.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators

  • The condition of green grams, cassava and cowpeas is poor and below long term mean

  • On average the Livestock body condition ranged between good and poor, marginal mixed farming and livestock farming zone recording poor body condition for cattle.

  • Milk production recorded a decrease compared to the previous month mainly this can be attributed to deteriorating pasture and water.

Access indicators

  • On average milk consumption recorded a decrease.

  • Average distances to the water sources both for livestock and households recorded some slight decrease with livestock faming zone recording high distances.

  • Average food price remained high and expected to remain high due to high demand attributed to poor 2019 long rains season.

  • Terms of trade remained stable in the September.

Utilization indicators

  • On average the proportion of children at risk of malnutrition recorded a decrease

  • Household’s food consumption ranged between poor and acceptable with some parts of the county hard hit with food shortages.