Taita Taveta County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for August 2020


Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

▪ The county received light rains in the highlands coupled with very low temperatures while the lowlands remained dry and windy. The situation is forecasted to be dry and windy.

▪ The county vegetation greenness condition was above the normal range (one-month VCI; 82.0) and is projected to remain good until onset of short rains in October.

▪ The soil moisture climatology was normal and expected to remain within that range until October.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production Indicators

▪ Farmers were undertaking land preparations in anticipation of the short rains.

▪ Livestock body condition was good for all species across all livelihood zones and no migration was reported.

▪ Average milk production per HH per day was above normal.

Access Indicators

▪ Terms of Trade were favorable.

▪ Milk consumption per HH per day was above normal.

▪ Return distances to water sources were within normal range.

▪ Distances to water sources from grazing areas were below normal.

Utilization Indicators

▪ The proportion of children at risk of malnutrition was above normal.