Makueni County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for April 2018


Biophysical Indicators

  • The month was characterized by heavy rains and cold nights. The rains were above normal resulting to flooding and as a result loss of lives and destruction of infrastructure.
  • The vegetation greenness for the County was above normal as indicated by the 3 month Vegetation Condition Index (VCI).
  • Pasture and browse condition was good across all the three livelihood zones.
  • Water availability was good across the county although some areas such as Wote experienced shortages as a result of breached dams and washed away earth dams.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  • The Livestock body condition was fair (for cattle) and good (for shoats).
  • Milk production and consumption increased due to the availability of pasture and water for livestock.
  • Flood cases were on a rise as a result of the heavy rains being received.
  • Terms of trade were favourable at 105, an implication that from the sale of one goat one could purchase 105kg of maize.
  • Distances to watering sources for livestock decreased from 5.9 km to 3.2 km.
  • The percentage of children at risk of malnutrition was slightly above the normal range.
  • The County CSI was within the normal range implying the coping mechanisms employed were normal.