Where do we get our cut flowers? Some are domestically produced, but I think the bulk of them come from South America. Europeans look south to Africa for cheaper flowers. When European air flight was cancelled from the volcano, Kenya lost huge amounts of money. Produce was thrown away. From Pruned:
The flower trade may have brought much needed investment to the country, but it has also come at a cost. Like so many African countries, Kenya suffers from water scarcity, and flower farms have been blamed for exacerbating the problem through their intensive irrigation and overuse of pesticides. The use of chemicals has further added to the already poor working conditions. Women are discriminated, child labour is weakly discouraged, and all are paid with unfair wages.