Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification
- December was characterized by below normal rainfall, poor spatial and temporal distribution, and a premature cessation across all livelihood zones.
- Vegetation greenness however remained fairly high as vegetation Condition Index increased to 54.38 compared to 47.68 last month.
- Pasture and browse conditions improved across all livelihood zones compared to last month except for lower areas of Amwathi, Kangeta, Akithi, Muthara and Karama wards in the Agro-pastoral livelihood zone that registered minimal improvements.
Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)
- Cattle are of fair conditions in the Agro-pastoral zone while all other species were of fair to good conditions across all livelihood zones.
- Consumption of green beans ongoing. Dry harvesting will commence in January. Maize crop at at tussling, ear/cob formation, and grain filling stages in the Rain-fed and Mixed farming zones with a 30 percent harvest expected. In the Agro-pastoral livelihood, maize is moisture stressed and drying reported in most of the lower areas. Minimal harvests are expected in this zone.
- Return distances to watering points for households increased to 9.9 km from 8.1 km last month while that of livestock increased to 14.7 km from 10 km last month.
- 20.6 percent of sampled children were at risk of malnutrition compared to 24.3 last month