It started as Highland Agricultural Research Center (HARC) on November 17, 1978 under the Leadership of Dr. William D. Dar.  It was established with the mandate to help improve Agriculture and Aquatic productivity and to enhance Natural Resources development in the Cordillera Administrative Region. 

Formally became a Consortium in 1980 through a Memorandum of Agreement among the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), Benguet State University (BSU), and the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).  

In 2018, the Consortium became Cordillera Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Resources Research and Development (CorCAARRD). The change of name now gives prominence to the Cordillera Administrative Region, emphasizing on the geographical premise of the Consortium. Based at BSU, it is one of the 14 National R&D Consortia that is organized and substantially supported by DOST-PCAARRD. DOST-PCAARRD established the consortia mechanism to have regional venue for planning, evaluating, and sharing resources among RDE agencies in the region, to achieve the development of Aquatic, Agriculture, and Natural Resources. Primarily, CorCAARRD provides a mechanism to coordinate and monitor the Research, Development and Extension programs and projects of all 19 Consortium Member Institutions.