Meru County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for September 2018

Situation Report
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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • September has been generally dry across all livelihood zones, a normal situation at this time of the year.

  • The dry spell that began in late June has led to slight declines in forage resources across all livelihood zones.
    Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators

  • Livestock body conditions are good in all species and across all livelihood zones.

  • Land preparation was the main farm activity across all livelihood zones. The October to December period being the main cropping season, area under rain-fed crop production will be greater than the March to May season.

  • Access indicators

  • Rivers and boreholes were the chief water sources for both livestock and domestic use. With the drying up of most open sources, the proportion of users relying on boreholes has significantly increased this month. This has also leed to the increase in trekking distances compared to last month. Water vendors were also important sources in the agro-pastoral livelihood zone

  • Terms of trade have improved compared to last month due to the low cereal prices prevailing.

Utilization Indicators

  • The proportion of children under five years at risk of acute malnutrition has decreased further compared to August.