Egypt's jasmine farmers struggle through economic headwinds

STORY: This village is at the heart of jasmine production in Egypt

Locator: Shubra Beloula, Egypt

But the trade has been hit by disruptions, dampening demand and straining supply chains

(Abdo Badr, Jasmine middleman) “The heat causes the small particles inside the flower to burn and fall from the sun, so production decreases because the flower petals facing the sun die, only the part inside lives. This is what makes the production decrease”

The village's jasmine industry employs about 15,000 people during the harvesting season

The flowers are processed to extract a concentrate known as absolute

which is exported to Europe and elsewhere for use in perfumes