Meru County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for July 2017

Report
from Government of Kenya
Published on 31 Jul 2017 View Original

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • July remained generally cold and dry, a normal situation for this time of the year
  • Vegetation conditions were generally poor with a vegetation condition Index of 45.16
  • Pasture and browse conditions deteriorated further especially in the Agro-pastoral livelihood zone where significant portions of grazing areas were almost bare.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators

  • Livestock body conditions were largely fair to poor in the Agropastoral livelihood zone and fair in the Mixed Farming and Rain-fed cropping livelihoods similar to the previous month.
  • Livestock have to migrate to areas around the Meru National Park,
    Lower Imenti Forest, and lower areas of Igembe South, Tigania East and Tigania west that border Tharaka County.
  • Conflicts over pastures and water were reported in Kinna Meru area of Igembe Central Sub-county leading to 14 human deaths and displacement of over 800 households
  • Harvesting of mature dry maize, dolichos, and pigeon peas reported in few pockets of the Rain-fed cropping and the Mixed Farming livelihood zones

Access indicators

  • Watering distances for households was 20 km compared to 18km last month while livestock covered 11.5 km similar to last.

Utilization Indicators

  • 23 percent of sampled children were at risk of malnutrition compared to 24 last month. 25 percent of these were at ‘Mid-risk’ category.