Taita Taveta County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for June 2021


Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

▪ The County received light rains that were below normal and were mainly reported in the highlands.

▪ The county vegetation greenness condition was above the normal range (VCI-1Month; 38.48) and as forecasted by ASTROCAST vegetation is projected to be green for the next two months.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production Indicators

▪ Maize crop in the rainfed lowlands failed due to moisture stress, while a few farmers were harvesting green grams, pigeon peas and cowpeas.

▪ 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 normal.

Access Indicators

▪ Terms of Trade were favorable.

▪ Milk consumption per HH per day was above normal.

▪ Household return distances to water sources were below normal.

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

Utilization Indicators

▪ The proportion of children at risk of malnutrition was within the normal range.