Kenya

Makueni County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for November 2017

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Biophysical Indicators

  • Onset was on the third dekad of October to 1st dekad of November with an exception of Makindu which had a delayed onset.
  • Fair Spatial and Uneven distribution of rainfall was realized across all the three livelihood zones.
  • The average 3 month VCI was 30.28 implying moderate vegetation deficit for the County.
  • Pasture regeneration was evident but slow in Kibwezi west.
  • State of water Sources was fair to good with an improving trend.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  • Main agricultural activity was planting in Marginal mixed farming zone while in mixed farming it was weeding and Top dressing.
  • Livestock body condition ranged from fair to poor (score of 3-4) but with an improving trend.
  • No alarming cases of Human and livestock death and diseases.
  • Terms of trade was unfavorable at 75.6.
  • The percentage of children at risk of malnutrition was 7.4 which was within the normal range.
  • The County CSI was 12.05(high) attributed to the impact of drought during the month.
  • Distances to Grazing areas and water sources had improved greatly.