The Rojiroti Approach was pioneered in two linked projects of the UK DFID Natural Resources Systems Programme (NRSP) during 2001-2004 based in Bihar State. This area is good for farming, but much of this potential has been unrealized because of limited adoption of proven land and water management practices.

These two projects hugely exceeded expectations, and in 2008 an international coalition of partners - the Centre for Promoting Sustainable Livelihoods, ICAR-IRCER, and GY Associates - launched the Rojiroti identity via a project supported by DFID's Research Into Use (RIU) Programme.

In 2012, Rojiroti UK won a competitive grant from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) Global Poverty Action Fund (GPAF). Working with CPSL, this three year £243,894 grant enabled Rojiroti microfinance to directly benefit 153,000 people.