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Tharaka Nithi County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for January 2016

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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The month of January was characterized by intermittent off season rainfall limited to falls of 20 - 40 mm in the first dekad followed by a dry spell in the second and third dekad.

  • The Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) was 48 illustrating Very positive trend with Tharaka north and Tharaka south sub-counties within normal ranges for the period.

  • The state of water sources was good in the period under review as attributed to adequate recharge of water sources.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  • The received rainfall promoted pasture regeneration that resulted into improving livestock body condition to good which is Normal at this time

  • Milk Production and consumption per livelihood zone improved significantly to averages of 35 litres and 30 litres respectively in the period under review compared 28 litres and an average consumption of 23 litres recorded in December.

  • Terms of Trade (ToT) ratio were at 109 in comparison to an average of 115 in the month of December implying ToT was favourable to the livestock keepers.

  • Percentage of children at risk of malnourishment whose MUAC was below 135mm was 6.7 for the period under review which was below the average of 7.2.