Kenya

Mbeere County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for August 2016

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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Rainfall: Minimal precipitation was experienced in the county in the month. Sunny weather was experienced most of the days in the larger Mbeere sub - counties .
  • Vegetation condition: Forage condition is generally fair across the county. Browse is adequate and in good condition though on decline in the marginal mixed farming zone. Pasture is poor in the marginal mixed zone, and on fast decline in both MF and MMF zones.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  • Production indicators: Harvesting of maize mainly in the mixed farming zone and land preparation for short rains. Livestock body condition is fair but on downward trend (cattle) particularly in MMF where pasture is on the decline. Milk production is normal.

  • Access indicators: Distances to grazing areas and water sources are within normal range, terms of trade are normal through out the month.

  • Utilization Indicators: There was a notable decline in milk consumption at household level. The rate children at risk of malnutrition decreased from 5.6% to 4.5 %.

  • Coping strategy index in the month was 0.55