BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Malnutrition has killed 206 children so far this year in Argentinas impoverished northeastern province of Misiones, Governor Maurice Closs said Monday. Misiones, which borders Paraguay and Brazil, has an infant mortality rate of 12.3 per thousand, but in the 1990s, the rate jumped to 33 per thousand, the governor said as he pitched a plan dubbed Hambre Cero (Zero Hunger). Argentinas official infant mortality rate stands at 13.8 per thousand. Malnutrition affects 12.1 per cent of children nationwide with the northeastern and northern regions hardest hit, according to Health Ministry figures for 2009. Closs, whose province relies on revenue from agricultural and tourism, said federal subsidies had helped 130,000 children, but noted that 6,000 cases of malnutrition remain. The national poverty rate fell to 12 per cent during the first half of 2010, down from 13.9 per cent during the same period last year.