Kenya

Kwale, Kinango, and Msambweni Districts: Drought Monthly Bulletin, November 2009

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Situation overview

- The district received slight showers, with Matuga recording 7.8 mm in 1 day, Msambweni 49.5mm in 2 days while Kinango received 40.1mm for 2 days. This was lower than the average expected trend of 2006 - 2008.

- The pasture quality and quantity improved tremendously since the beginning of the rains.

- Most of the crops, especially in mixed farming livelihood zone, were at the knee stage with most farmers weeding.

- The livestock body condition improved in most livelihoods following the rains received. Livestock from neighboring province moved back to their respective districts.

- Pans, dams and boreholes remained the main sources of water in the district and some impounded water following the rains season.

- Human/ wildlife conflicts were reported mainly due to elephant menace in the mixed farming livelihood area.

- A slight decrease was recorded in the percentage of children under 5 years at risk of malnutrition (based on the MUAC<135mm measurement) at 8.6% this month from 9 % last month.

- The district was at 'Alarm' stage of the drought early warning, with an improving trend due to the rains received.