Kilifi County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for May 2021

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators (Environmental indicators)

• The month under recorded significantly minimal rains compared to the long term mean for the month.

• The state of water sources on average ranged between fair to poor across the livelihood zones indicating a below normal situation for this time of the year.

• The county recorded on average moderate drought with some pockets recording poor to depleted vegetation condition.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators

• On average the livestock body condition for all species ranged from fair to poor across the livelihood zone.

• Moisture stressed season’s crop due to prolonged dry spell and windy conditions.

• Milk production recorded an increase during the month under review.

Access indicators

• Average distance to water sources by households remained stable with that of livestock recording an increase compared to the previous month.

• Average cattle price remained stable while goat average prices recorded an increase compared to the previous month.

• Average maize price recorded stability compared to the previous month while beans recorded an increase.

• Terms of Trade were more favorable during the month under review compared to the previous month.

Utilization indicators

• The month under review recorded 0.1 percent of children under -five years at risk of malnutrition during the month under review which is an increase compared to the previous month.

Source: Government of Kenya