Kenya

Makueni County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for November 2016

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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The county received an average of 291.9mm of rain during the month of November.
  • Quantity and quality of pasture and browse was fair to good across all the livelihood zones and is expected to improve further.
  • State of water sources was good since major water sources impounded water.
  • The average 3-month VCI index for the county was 25.93 implying moderate Vegetation deficit for the County.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  • Generally, livestock body condition was moderate - neither fat nor thin.
  • Terms of trade was not favorable at 70.3
  • The proportion of children at risk of malnutrition increased slightly from 6.2% to 6.3%.This is within the normal range. Mass screening has identified 125 and 315 cases of severe and moderate malnutrition respectively.
  • Coping strategy index (CSI) was within the normal ranges at 0.83, where most households employed food based coping strategies