Taita Taveta County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for December 2015

Situation Report
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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The onset of short rains season was late with an average rainfall of 82.4% which is within normal range.

  • In the month under review, rainfall distribution was uneven in terms of space and poor with respect to time.

  • 3month Vegetation condition index is within normal range.

  • The water situation has improved compared to the previous month.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  • Crops in the field are in good condition especially in the hill masses. However, in some pockets in the rain fed lowlands maize crop is withering.

  • Pasture and browse condition has improved compared to previous month.

  • Livestock body condition has improved due to availability of pasture and reduced trekking distances to water sources.

  • Although milk production is below normal, there was an increase compared to the previous month.

  • Terms of Trade were favorable.

  • Proportion of children less than five years rated to be at risk of malnutrition is within normal range.