Kenya

Transmara District: Drought Monthly Bulletin, December 2009

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Situation overview

- The district recorded 53.02mm of rainfall, lower than 58.65mm during the previous month. The trend was downward and unexpected for such a time of the year.

- Pasture quantity and quality was poor and on a downward trend.

- Livestock body condition was poor and deteriorating. Fewer people sold their animals, so the prices increased slightly.

- Maize was at various stages of development, from weeding to tussling and was affected by poor rains. Maize prices were increasing as well as beans prices.

- The nutrition status of children under five deteriorated during the month, with the percentage of those rated at risk of malnutrition rising slightly from 4.5 in November to 4.6. This was attributed to drought and milk reduction at household level.

- Milk production dropped and it was only available for children, but less than the previous month.