Makueni County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for October 2019


Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

 The 2019 OND short rains onset was early, first dekad of October as opposed to third dekad on a normal seasonal.

  • The vegetation greenness for the county was normal with exemption of a few pockets in the Marginal mixed farming livelihood zone.

  • Pasture and browse regeneration was evident across all livelihood zones with the exemption of a few pockets which had received light showers.

Socio-Economic Indicators

 Late planting was ongoing in the MF zone. Up-to 70 percent of cropland in the mixed farming livelihood had been planted and germination witnessed.

  • Some unconfirmed cases of livestock deaths in Masongaleni

  • Body condition for the cattle in Mixed Farming livelihood zone was fair while in the MMF zone it ranged from poor to fair

  • No unusual Cases of livestock diseases though vaccination against Lumpy Skin Disease and Contagious Caprine PleuroPneumonia (CCPP) was ongoing in the Marginal mixed farming livelihood zone.

  • Milk production was within the normal range.

Access Indicators

 Milk consumption was within the normal range.

  • Most surface water sources in the MF zone had impounded water (above 80 percent) while in the MMF it was around 30 percent.

Utilization Indicators

 The percentage of children at risk of malnutrition has increased from the last month and is slightly above LTA