Meru County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for September 2020


Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

Rainfall: In the month under review, the County generally remained dry.

Vegetation condition: Above normal greenness condition was recorded across all livelihood zones. Pasture and browse condition was fair to poor across all the livelihood zones.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production Indicators: land clearance and preparation for the short rain season was ongoing. Livestock body condition was good to fair for all species. There were no Cases of livestock diseases.

Access Indicators: Average return distance to water sources for both households and livestock remained stable; but with increasing trend. Terms of Trade remained favorable. Milk consumption per HH per day remained stable.

Utilization Indicators: Nutritional status of children below the age of five years deteriorated but was within the long term average. Household food consumption score declined but fell within acceptable band while coping strategies employed by households were stressed in all the livelihood zones