Makueni County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for March 2017


Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  •  Generally the month was hot and dry except from some rain which were experienced towards the end of the month

  •  The average VCI for the county was 26.44 implying moderate vegetation deficit.

  •  The quantity and quality of pasture and browse ranged from fair to poor across all the livelihood zones.

  •  The state of water sources fast declining in the Marginal Mixed Farming zone and normal in Mixed Farming LZs since major water sources still had water for both livestock and domestic use.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  •  Generally the body condition for cattle was moderate (neither fat nor thin) and at borderline in Marginal Mixed Farming Zone while that of shoats was good across all zones.

  •  Terms of trade was unfavorable at 71.1(below normal)

  •  The proportion of children at risk of malnutrition was 6.9% an increase from 6.8%.

  •  CSI for the County was 11 implying high coping mechanisms.