ALENTEJO - It hasn't been this dry in Portugal for a thousand years. But in the Alentejo, there have long been debates about the right way to farm in times of drought and record temperatures. This is mainly due to a dam that is supposed to provide sufficient water.

A report on the consequences of the Alqueva Dam for the south of Portugal. Who benefits from its waters except a super-intensive agriculture that covers the land with monotonous plantations? What will become of the montados, the iconic landscape of the south? And how long can a model that relies on a steady influx of cheap water work against the consequences of climate change?


Andre Vieira

Andre is Brazilian visual storyteller and journalist currently based in Portugal.

Tobias Asmuth

Is a free-lance reporter in Berlin.

€12.000 allocated on 30/03/2022


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