Kenya

Makueni County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for January 2017

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Biophysical Indicators

  • There was no rainfall received during the month of January.
  • Generally crop production was poor since there was maize failure (over 80%) and little harvest of green grams and Cowpeas is expected.
  • The average 3 month VCI for the county was 50.94.
  • Quantity and quality of pasture and browse ranged from fair to poor in the marginal mixed farming zone and was fair in the Mixed Farming livelihood zone.
  • The state of water sources was normal in most areas across the county since underground water sources were recharged during the OND rains. Pans were at 50% level.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  • Generally the body condition for cattle was fair (neither fat nor thin) while that of shoats was good.
  • Terms of trade was unfavorable at 67.5 to the livestock keepers implying that from a sale of goat one would get 67.5kg of Maize.
  • The proportion of children at risk of malnutrition decreased slightly from 6.9% to 5% which is within the normal range.