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Kitui County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for December 2019

Govt. Kenya
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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The county experienced above normal rainfall with good temporal and uneven spatial distribution with late cessation.

  • The vegetation greenness was above normal.

Socio-Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production Indicators

  • Crops were mainly at flowering stage/fruit filling and in good condition.

  • Maize infestation by fall armyworms was reported.

  • Livestock body condition was fair to good for all the species with no abnormal cases of livestock diseases and deaths reported.

  • Milk production was below normal.

Access Indicators

  • Terms of trade were unfavourable compared to long term mean.

  • Milk consumption was within normal range.

  • Water distances were below normal range.

  • The cost of water at source was normal.

Utilization Indicators

  • The percentage of children mid at risk of malnutrition was above normal range.

  • Households employed consumption based coping mechanisms less frequently compared to normal.