a lack of something
dearth - lack
A ‘dearth’ is an inadequate supply of something that people want or need. This formal word, therefore, implies a lack or shortage that is costly and possibly damaging. For that reason, it is generally encountered in a negative context. Almost exclusively used in the phrase “a dearth of (something).”
I’ve been looking for a new job for weeks now but due to the weak economy, there is a dearth of opportunities.
There is far more pressure on Susan to deliver than there should be due to the dearth of quality around her. We need to improve the team urgently.
Due to a dearth of information, I have no idea what is happening with our factory in that country. That's why I’m sending somebody over to provide me with a first-hand report.