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Nyeri County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for February 2016

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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The month was generally dry. Off season showers of three to four days were reported in some localised areas of the region which is exceptional occurrence at this time of the year.

  • Vegetation Condition Index of 71.88 was registered indicating above normal conditions.

  • Water access was good across all livelihood zones as river flows were good and water holding structure had impounded adequate water

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  • Livestock body conditions and health were satisfactory across livelihood zones.

  • Milk production was good at 6.5 bottles which was above normal range

  • Harvesting of beans and potatoes is currently complete. Maize crop is at comb filling to maturity stage in upper and lower zones respectively.

  • Consumption of green maize is also ongoing at lower zones.

  • Terms of trade stood at 0.25 which was within normal range.

  • Milk consumption of 1.8 bottles was registered which was also within normal range

  • Children at risk of malnutrition stood at 0.95 percent which was below the long term averages of 1.1 percent.

  • Coping strategy index of 1.2 was reported slightly above normal ranges of 1.0