The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) is one of the sectoral councils under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). It was formed through the consolidation of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD) and the Philippine Council for Aquatic and Marine Research and Development (PCAMRD) on June 22, 2011 pursuant to Executive Order No. 366.
Originally established in November 1972 as the Philippine Council for Agricultural Research (PCAR), it became the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Resources Research (PCARR) to include mines research in 1975. Affirming the role of S&T in development, PCARR changed its name to Philippine Council for Agriculture and Resources Research and Development (PCARRD) in 1982. The Council was tasked to provide a unified and focused direction for the country’s agricultural research. It then became an apex organization that supports and manages the national network of government and higher education institutions involved in crops, livestock, forestry, fisheries, soil and water, mineral resources, and socio-economic research and development (R&D). In 1987, the Council was renamed the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development but retained the acronym PCARRD. On January 30 of the same year created the Philippine Council for Aquatic and Marine Research and Development (PCAMRD) from the Fisheries Research Division of PCARRD with functions focused on aquatic and marine sectors.
With expanded coverage, functions, and responsibilities, the Council formulates policies, plans, and programs for science and technology-based R&D in the different sectors under its concern. It coordinates, evaluates, and monitors the national R&D efforts in the agriculture, aquatic, and natural resources (AANR) sector. It also allocates government and external funds for R&D and generates resources to support its program.
As the apex Council of the AANR sector, PCAARRD is engaged in active partnerships with international, regional, and national organizations and funding institutions for joint R&D, human resource development and training, technical assistance, and exchange of scientists, information, and technologies. The Council is implementing its program primarily through its Research and Development and Extension Consortia which are located all over the country.