Taita Taveta County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for January 2017

Situation Report
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Biophysical Indicators

  • No rains were received in the month under review.
  • The short rains resulted to pasture regeneration and recharge of water sources in all zones.
  • However, Pasture and open water sources are drying up fast due to high temperatures.
  • Vegetation condition index was below long term average at 27.35.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production Indicators
- Maize crop failure experienced while pulses harvests were below normal.
- Livestock body condition is fair.
- Milk production is improving mainly in the highlands.

Access Indicators
- Open water sources have dried up due to high evaporation rate.
- Cases of human wildlife conflict are increasing in Voi Sub County.
- Terms of Trade remained favorable.

Utilization Indicators
- The proportion of children at risk of malnutrition is within normal range.