Makueni County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for April 2017


Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  •  The county experienced a late nnset of the MAM long rains which began on the third dekad of March.

  •  The County recorded an average of 174 mm of rainfall in 8 wet days.

  •  The average VCI (3month) for the County was 18.9 indicating moderate vegetation deficit.

  •  The quantity and quality of pasture was poor in the Marginal mixed farming zone while in the Mixed farming zone the regeneration was evident while browse regeneration was evident across all the livelihood zones.

  •  The state of water sources in rivers, pans and dams had improved greatly mostly in mixed farming livelihood zone while in marginal zone, the rains were not sufficient to generate enough surface runoff.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  •  Body condition for livestock ranged from fair to good.

  •  Terms of trade were unfavorable at 67 (which is below normal)

  •  The proportion of children at risk of malnutrition slightly increased from 6.9 to 7.1% but remained within the normal range.