Kitui County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for April 2017


Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

 The onset of the long rains was late in the first week of April compared to third week of March normally and progression has been poor  The county experienced extreme vegetation greenness deficit (VCI of 9.72) but the onset of rains triggered recovery.
 The state of water in main water points is inadequate compared to the long term mean.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

 Normal livestock migration patterns were reported.
 The livestock body condition is fair for cattle and good for goats in most areas of the county.
 Milk production and consumption was below long term average
 Terms of Trade were unfavourable compared to long term mean.
 Percentage of children at risk of malnutrition was slightly above the normal range.
 Households moderately applied consumption based coping strategies.