Kwale County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for September 2019


Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Normal rains were received during the month under review.

  • The VCI for the month was below-average for this time of the year.

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

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators

  • Livestock body condition remained normal and at the moderate early warning classification similar to August.

  • Milk production was slightly above-normal during the month.

  • No migration was reported this month.

  • No drought-related deaths were recorded this month.

Access indicators

  • Terms of trade (casual labour to maize) were 25 percent below-normal implying reduced purchasing power at household level compared with normal times.

  • Milk consumption was within seasonal norms in September.

  • Distances to watering points for domestic consumption were above-normal in September.

Utilization Indicators

  • The prevalence of children at risk of malnutrition was above-average for this time of the year implying a deteriorated nutritional status for children aged below five years compared with normal times.