Makueni County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for September 2018

Situation Report
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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • No rainfall was recorded during the month of September. This is normal at this time of the year.

  • Quantity and quality of Pasture and browse ranged from good to fair across the Mixed farming livelihood zones and was worsening in the Marginal mixed farming livelihood.

  • The main water sources for this time of the year were declining in volume especially in the mixed farming livelihood zones.
    Surface water sources in MMF zone had almost completely dried up. Waiting times at watering points had increased implying inadequate water supply.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  • Livestock body condition ranged from good to fair across all livelihood zones with no unusual cases of migration, diseases or mortalities.

  • Milk production and consumption remained good to fair attributed to the available pasture/maize stalks and water for livestock.

  • Terms of trade was above average at 112.1(25.8 percent above average) in favour of livestock keepers as a result of the prevailing good body conditions and the stability in maize price.

  • The percentage of children at risk of malnutrition reduced slightly from 7.7 percent to 6.9 percent.

  • The County CSI was in an increase implying most households majorly in the MMF were employing food based coping strategies.

  • Human-wildlife conflict reported in parts of Marginal Mixed Farming zone(elephant herds)destroying mango trees and pigeonpeas