Kenya

Kitui County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for October 2019

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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

 The month of October experienced an early onset of short rains across the livelihood zones. The rains were above normal.  The vegetation greenness was below normal.

Socio-Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production Indicators

 Weeding and germination was on-going across the livelihood zones.  Livestock body condition was fair for cattle.  Suspected cases of CCPP, parasites diseases and Sheep & goat pox across the county.  Cases of livestock deaths due to CCP/rains shock were reported in Marginal Mixed Farming livelihood zone.  Milk production was below normal.

Access Indicators

 Terms of trade were unfavourable compared to long term mean.  Milk consumption was below the normal range.  Water distances were below normal range.  The cost of water at source was normal.

Utilization Indicators

 The percentage of children mid at risk of malnutrition was above normal range.  Households employed consumption based coping mechanisms more frequently compared to normal.