Kitui County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for May 2021

Situation Report
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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The county experienced depressed seasonal rains with late onset and cessation.

  • The vegetation greenness was normal.

  • VCI forecast indicates normal to above normal vegetation greenness.

Socio-Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production Indicators

  • Crops were at tussling/knee high stage with poor condition due to moisture stress.

  • Livestock body condition was good to fair with normal cases of livestock migration and deaths.

  • Confirmed cases of CCPP, Trypanosomiasis and FMD diseases were reported.

  • Milk production was below normal range.

Access Indicators

  • Terms of trade were favourable.

  • Milk consumption was below normal range.

  • Water distances were within normal range.

  • The cost of water at source was normal.

Utilization Indicators

  • Malnutrition cases were within normal range.

  • About 74.8 percent of households were in acceptable food consumption category.

  • About 18.2 percent of households employed crisis and emergency food based coping mechanisms