Kenya

Taita Taveta County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for August 2014

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Situation Overview

  • Negligible amounts of rain of about 0.2 mm were reported in the month under review. These light showers were realized in the highlands.

  • The county experienced low temperatures through out the month with very chilly sessions in the hill masses.

  • Compared to the Long Term Mean the trend is normal but rainfall amount is lower.

  • Harvests in the county did not have any positive impact on prices of food. Apparently most households in the rain fed lowlands are experiencing food stress.

  • These areas are Kishushe, Paranga, Mwaroko, Sangenyi, Mlilo, Mbaramghondi, Maramunyi and Mbulia in Taita Sub County, Bachuma, Miasenyi, Ndara, Marungu, Rukanga, Bungule and Ghazi in Voi Sub County and Mwatate, Landi, Modambogho, Mwakitau, Mwachabo, Msorongo, Rong’e Nyika, Sechu and Mengo in Mwatate Sub County.

  • Others are Kimorigho, Python Hill, Mokine, Mtakuja, Salaita, Mata, Jipe, Lessesia, Mahandakini,
    Uthiani, Ulawani and Kijijini in Taveta Sub County.

  • Most water sources are drying up at a very high rate and are expected to last for one month if low temperatures prevail.

  • Most areas in the rain fed lowlands are experiencing water stress, for instance in Kamtonga and Chunga Unga water vendors are selling a 20 litre jerrican of water at Kshs 30 - 40.

  • Average return distances to water sources have increased to 2.07 km from 1.5 km.

  • Generally condition of natural vegetation and pasture in the county is good to fair. In the mixed farming: food crop/ livestock livelihood zone quality and quantity of pasture have deteriorated and are expected to last for one month.

  • Body condition of cattle, goats and sheep is good in most livelihood zones. However, cattle body condition in the mixed farming: food crop/ livestock livelihood zone is deteriorating due to long trekking distances in search of water and pasture.

  • High Impact Nutritional Interventions (HINI) in the county continues to improve nutrition status of children less than five years plus pregnant and lactating women in the county.

  • Milk availability especially in the mixed farming: horticulture/ dairy livelihood zone impact positively on food security.

  • General Food Distribution and Cash for Asset assist the vulnerable in the county.

  • Human wildlife conflict was reported in areas of Mwakitau, Mlilo, Ngambenyi, Kasigau and Bungule.

  • Destruction of crops, fruit trees and water structures by marauding elephants, will exacerbate the already precarious food insecurity situation in the county.

  • Uncontrolled livestock movement from North Eastern region into Taita Taveta County ranches continue being reported.

  • Income sources in the month under review were remittances, sale of charcoal, casual labor, petty trading, sale of charcoal, formal employment and sale of livestock products.

  • Others were bodaboda taxis, casual labour at the sisal estates and irrigation schemes, fishing, small scale mining, sell of sand, bricks, charcoal, firewood, sugarcane, ballast and miraa.

  • Construction of standard gauge railway and Taveta – Mwatate road have created employment opportunities to members of the community impacting positively on food security.